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Pinhole: Corpus in Patzún

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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.

Townspeople of Patzún prepare a processional rug during Corpus Christi. Photo: Monodelespacio

 

A man pours colored sawdust during the Corpus Christi celebrations in Patzún. Photo: Monodelespacio

 

Hats being sold during the festivities of Corpus Christi in Patzún. Photo: Monodelespacio

 

Colored sawdust carpets form an almost continuos carpet around the main streets of Patzún. Photo: Monodelespacio

 

The dance of the deer, one of the dancers performs as a Jaguar with a real jaguar skin. Photo: Monodelespacio

 

A kid performs as one of the coyotes during the dance of the deer, celebrating Corpus Christi. Photo: Monodelespacio

 

The deer dance, in this dance the deers fight of the Jaguar with the help of coyotes. Photo: Monodelespacio

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