Photo: Mexico's Unconquered Maya Hold Tight to Their Old Ways



A "god pot" rests in an ancient Mayan temple wall near Lake Mensabek in Chiapas, Mexico.

The vessel was traditionally used by Lacandon Maya as an incense burner and depository for offerings to the gods. Archaeologists estimate that the relic was used anywhere from 20 to 100 years ago, and that the temple itself probably dates back at least 500 years.

Descendants of unconquered Maya groups still live in the region today. Unlike some of their ancestors, they have had contact with outside communities and practice both traditional and modern rituals.

Photograph by Joel Palka.


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