July 18, 2017

A brighter outlook on burials in Guatmala

 Colors Of Chichiastenango By Stacy
Colors of Chichicastenango by Stacy

Chichicastenango Cemetery

On a hill that is rarely touched by tourists, one of the most colorful cemeteries in the world is hidden in plain sight. Steeped in Mayan tradition, the vibrant rainbow of pigments celebrates the afterlife, and can symbolize different family roles, like a color-coded clue to the puzzle of the dead.

Many tombs are colored based on the person’s family status. Tombs may be painted white to represent purity; graves of mothers are painted turquoise for protection; grandfathers are marked in yellow to indicate that the golden sun will protect humanity. Other graves break this more traditional mold, painted in lime green or red or the favorite color of the deceased.
Posted by Jill Fallon at July 18, 2017 12:00 PM | Permalink