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Let the Games Begin!


Centurions are cleansed by a local seer. Photo: Santiago Billy/Comvite
Centurions are cleansed by a local seer. Photo: Santiago Billy/Comvite

So, this is a thing. In the small town of Chocolá, located about 136km west of La Antigua Guatemala in the Guatemalan department of Suchitepéquez, Good Thursday and Good Friday feature huge skirmish between hundreds of “Judíos” (“Jews”) and a small group Centurions. The “Judíos” are basically townspeople dressed up as ravaging monsters who go mess with a drunken actor playing Jesus. “We represent the guard of Jesus while the Judíos mock him,” explains Anibal Carrillo, one of the Roman soldiers.

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