Postcard from San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico: Churches exhibit a spirit of tolerance

Having already posted about the unorthodox fashion sported by statues of saints in San Cristobal de las Casas and some of the religious practices in San Juan Chamula, there are a few remaining photographs of churches to share.

What struck us the most when visiting these churches was the seeming tolerance by the Catholic Church of the syncretic religious practices of the populace. It was commonplace to witness shamans chanting ceremonies for small groups of faithful in front of statues of saints, sometimes leaving empty Coke bottles behind after having burped away the evil spirits.

3 thoughts on “Postcard from San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico: Churches exhibit a spirit of tolerance

  1. roland@berengena.com says:

    Good old Coca Cola. Better for burping than the ubiquitous orange soda?

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  2. roland@berengena.com says:

    Forgot to mention the gorgeous photos. You captured lots of diversity in the details.

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  3. Susan Toomey Frost says:

    I loved all the pictures! Can’t wait to see your photos of Noche de los Rabanos!

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