Maximón is, undeniably, an important part of Guatemala’s folklore. Although many people often misunderstand what he represents, almost everyone in the country knows who he is, and a few people even pay tribute to him. A lot of his most devout followers can be found in the Temple of Maximón in San Andrés Itzapa, a town located 22.1km northwest of La Antigua Guatemala.
Worshipers of San Simón in their Temple light candles and perform cleansing during the celebrations of the popular Saint. Photo: Santiago Billy/Comvite