3 Ajaw 13 K’ank’in (December 31, 2014): Jolom Konob’ (Santa Eulalia), Guatemala. Part I

3 Ajaw 13 K'ank'in. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

3 Ajaw 13 K’ank’in. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

Jolom Konob’ (Santa Eulalia) in northern Huehuetenango is one of the most important towns of the Q’anjob’al Maya nation. It is also one of the most distant points in the Highlands that one can visit from Guatemala City, more than ten hours by car in the heart of the Cuchumatanes Mountains.

View of the church and central park of Santa Eulalia.

View of the church and central park of Santa Eulalia.

View of Santa Eulalia.

View of Santa Eulalia.

Santa Eulalia is also one of the Maya towns best known in the ethnographic literature on the indigenous people of Guatemala due to the famous book written by Oliver LaFarge La Costumbre en Santa Eulalia (1932), based on the author’s experiences there studying the indigenous calendar of the Q’anjob’ales and the practice of traditional Maya religion (la costumbre).

The traditional cross in front of the church that is undergoing remodeling.

The traditional cross in front of the church that is undergoing remodeling.

The Maya altar of Jolom Konob'.

The Maya altar of Jolom Konob’.

For some time a group of young people from Jolom Konob’ have been interested in deepening their understanding of the ancient sacred calendar (Stxolilal Q’inale’ in Q’anjob’al) that has been of such interest to Maya researchers since the time of LaFarge.

The young people’s organization of Santa Eulalia, known as Ach’ej-Q’opoj (jóvenes and señoritas in Spanish), through the efforts of Kaxho (Gaspar Pedro) and B’alam Sotz’ (Pedro Toledo), who are advanced students of epigraphy, contacted the Sak Chuwen group to put on a workshop in their town.

On the street to the Maya altar of Jolom Konob’; (from left to right) Kaxho, B'alam Sotz', Karina Coy and Igor Xoyon.

On the street to the Maya altar of Jolom Konob’; (from left to right) Kaxho, B’alam Sotz’, Karina Coy and Igor Xoyon.

To be continued.

Written by Alejandro Garay of Sak Chuwen Group, translated from Spanish to English by Bruce Love.

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