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Momostenango – In Search of Blessings

We found out about Abuelo Rigoberto during one of our internet research sessions. We call him Abuelo, which means “Grandfather”, because it is a term of respect, a way for us to show reverence… for the “wise men” of every culture.

After connecting with Abuelo via several emails, we finally confirmed arrangements to visit him, his family, his culture…in search of blessings for this seemingly difficult journey through la tierra de ABYA YALA (land of the Americas):

Abuelo Rigoberto and his family

Abuelo Rigoberto and his family

Abuelo and his family offered us hospitality with shared meals…

and he even called up his friends to see if any of them can offer us a bed:

Our shelter for the night

Our shelter for the night

The next morning at 6AM, we went with Abuelo to the “altars”, and began our very first Mayan ceremony:

Abuelo Rigoberto commencing a Mayan Ceremony

Abuelo Rigoberto commencing a Mayan Ceremony

Val at the ceremonial fire

Val at the ceremonial fire

We’d be honest on this one – no, we’ve not been able to integrate everything we’ve experienced (from the risky chicken bus rides to the connections with Abuelo, to our inabilities to comprehend Abuelo’s answers to some of our questions, down to the moment we were about to leave and were asked for money by Abuelo’s friend…yes we know, long story) on this trip to Momos to be able to write an insightful and reflective entry.

The Mayan Ceremonial Fire

So between now and the ah-ha moment when we’ve fully comprehended why the trip happened, we leave you with a photo of The Mayan Ceremonial Fire – the fire through which we sought our blessings. Meanwhile,  the video of our experiences in Momostenango will be coming (soon-ish)…

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