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The Procession of Holy Spirits


A skull of unknown origin that’s used in a Maya-Itzá procession in northern Guatemala. Photo: Santiago Billy/Comvite
A skull of unknown origin that’s used in a Maya-Itzá procession in northern Guatemala. Photo: Santiago Billy/Comvite

Three human skulls of unknown origin with crosses drawn on them are laid before the altar at a catholic church. People pray a traditional rosary to the skulls before All Saints Day mass begins. Once the service in which the names of the dead are read out loud concludes, some of the churchgoers approach the skulls to greet them by caressing or kissing them. After a short while, a man grabs the one in the middle and takes it for a walk through the town. The rest of crowd follows.

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