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Cobán Local Customs: 1 reviews and 5 photos
The walk up to El Calvario (see my things to do tip on this) presents not only a great panoramic view of the valley where Coban is located, but an opportunity to appreciate the Mayan variant of catholic ritual. The hilltop also has a cemetary, and upon further contemplation it will occur to many a visitor such as myself that prior to the establishment of a church here, the hilltop may well have been a place of Mayan pagan worship. The steep stairs leading up to it are not unlike a Mayan temple climb. The outside of the church building has the curious relief of a sun and other symbols not typical of conventional Christianity. Inside church illumination is by candle light, at least at the time I had visited. Parishoners seems especially protective of this place of worship relative to the larger cathedral adjacent to Coban's zocalo. Women genuflected to arrangments of candles and flowers outside the building. Seeing a row of white veils trotting down the hill, I realized had arrived just after someone's first communion.