Carlotta Boettcher

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Holy Week in Santiago de Atitlan
Location: Antigua, Guatemala
Nationality: USA-CUBA
Biography: Carlotta Boettcher was born in Habana, Cuba, in 1945.  She studied philosophy and art history at the University of Madrid from 1963-1968 and printmaking at the Ecole National des Beaux Arts in Paris, France 1968-1971. Self taught initially in... MORE
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Holy Week in Santiago de Atitlan
Copyright Carlotta Boettcher 2022
Updated Dec 2020
Topics Belief, Celebrations, Christianity, Community, Documentary, Dying/Death, Faith, Guatemala, Holy Week, Indigenous, Latin America, Photography, Photojournalism, Religion, Spirituality, Travel
Holy Week in Santiago de Atitlan, Guatemala
Santiago Atitlan, across Lake Atitlan, has a truly spectacular and authentic Semana Santa celebration, which at times is a breathtaking show of faith and sacrifice. Its cultural traditions have their roots in pre-conquest times which have been evolving, blended with Catholicism, for centuries while remaining deeply indigenous. This split has brought conflict between Catholics and the indigenous worshipers of Maximon
at times on Good Friday when the venerated statue of Christ is taken down from his cross, and elaborately dressed and blessed with hair spray instead of holy water, and placed in a flower-decked coffin and, around mid-day, leaves the church, first to meet up with Maximon, then to begin the long procession all through the night.
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