If you’ve gone around Guatemala, odds are that you’ve come across the effigy of a man clad in all black formal wear. Colorful garlands sometimes contrast his attire. Though his face often lacks any expression, there’s an ominous air about him. He tends to sport a wide brim hat and sits upon a simple wooden chair. Offerings in the form of alcohol, cigarettes and candles usually lay at his feet or on his lap. People know him best as Maximón.
Statuettes of San Simón or Maximón found beside the temple in San Andrés Itzapa. Photo: Santiago Billy/Comvite