H uay e kol
Is the name that is used for a land cleansing ceremony and or for calling in Chac the rain god to bring forth rain and for a good harvest.
The shaman who performs the ceremony dictates how many turkeys have to be killed and plucked and other foods that he may want at the ceremony.
He sets up his alter in a place that is suitable for him, placing candles, flowers etc that he feels is adequate for his means. Usually there is incense of copal too . He cleanses his alter with a mixture of herbs and smoke. The herbs consist of Arruda and Basil creating a wonderful aroma.
The traditional drink of Balche made from honey is prepared and people are asked to partake of the drink.
Many of the village people come out to partake in preparing the foods one being a kind of pibe made from large corn tortilla, ten stacked on top of the other and to which the grounded seeds of calabaza (squash) is added between the layers. They are then wrapped in banana leaves tied up in bundles ready for the in ground pit.