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In Guatemala, a remarkable indigenous cult originating among the Indian community around Lake Atitlan has evolved on the margins of Catholicism. It is dedicated to maximon - half god, half saint - also known as San Simon. The roots of this cult, dating back no more than two hundred years, are entangled in Indian legends and the interaction between Mayan and Catholic traditions. Maximon manages to embody Saint Michael, Simon peter (in reference to the first apostle), Judas (the identity he…


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