The town of Patzún, located 47,5 kilometres west of Antigua, recently held their Corpus Christi celebrations, a Catholic observance commemorating the reality of the body and blood of Christ during the Eucharist. After the third mass of the day at 11am, a procession took off from the church. Unlike the ones during Semana Santa, this processional march doesn’t include a float. Instead, they carry a large piece of silver called “Custodio”, which holds a communion wafer representing the body of Christ.
Once the Catholic relics have departed, a group of dancers gather to perform “The Deer Dance”. This drama dance tells the story of a war between animals and hunters. In it, the deer represents Tohil, the god of hunting. This dance is usually performed by the “Cofradía of the Corpus Christi”.
One thing that’s worth noting about this event is that, originally, processional carpets were made for this particular celebration. As time went by, they evolved into the elaborate carpets that we all know and love today.