After the celebrations last night I was eager to go to San Juan Chamula. I had heard so much about the church there from travellers that had stayed with me over the past years that I just had a longing… So here at last the day arrived and what a perfect day… my birthday ! I could not have asked for better.
The journey from San Cristobel de las Casas took maybe 20 mins so not a long distance on the winding roads.
We were informed that no photos were to be taken inside the church , removal of hats, and shoulders and partial arms covered… all out of respect.
If you wanted to take photos of the local people, again out of respect, one must ask them for permission and expect to pay a little something for the privilege which did not amount to much .
Lots of opportunity for shopping for gifts or in my case adornments for the B & B rooms . I was excited about my purchases… there was so much to choose from with great prices.
We stopped off at another village…. sorry the name escapes me at the moment …. to a family compound where they did weaving in the old fashioned way.. The family took a couple of people aside to dress them in the traditional way.
We were able to taste handmade tortillas
Arriving back at the hotel I had a short break enough to catch up on emails,reservations and enquires before heading off again to a museum of regional dress. This museum is run by Sergio Castro Martinez who is also a curandero (healer) and renowned for his work to heal open wounds . As with all curanderos I should imagine people come from all over and this appears to be with Sergio after viewing all his recommendations and news reports.One of our fellow travellers had actually read about Sergio in the New York Times and did some research on him and his work.
If you are interested here is his web page information
Museo de trajes regionales
His museum is fascinating starting with an explanation of all the local traditional clothes ;A geography lesson leading into a slide show then into more rooms with more ‘stuff’ that you could not take it all in at one glance.