In Guatemala, indigenous people of Mayan descent make up almost 50% of the population, concentrated in the mountains and rural areas.
This is the country with the largest indigenous community in all of Central and South America.
The Maya of today have preserved to a great extend the culture of their ancestors: languages, clothing, rituals and beliefs; the vital connection to land and nature.
Chac-Uayab-Xoc: the Great Demon Shark
Corn and fish are the main food source of the Mayan Q’eqchi communities we met on the shores of Lake Izabal.
For thousands of years the Mayans worshiped the maize god; they believed their ancestors were made from maize.
They also had a fish-god.
Chac-Uayab-Xoc, also known as the Great Demon Shark, is the protector of fish and patron of fisherman. He feeds off the bodies of drowned fishermen, but ensures that the fishermen have good catches.
Photos by Mira