Situated between two majestic volcanoes on the shore of Lake Atitlan in Guatemla, Santiago Atitlan is home to the the Tz'utujil Mayan people, which are believed to have migrated to the region from Mexico around 1000 B.C. Although majority of the Mayans have adopted Christianity into their faith, many distinctly Mayan traditions continue to thrive. One of the strongest remnants of the native philosophy is the worship of Maximon, a dichotomous deity of devil and saint. Maximon is believed to be a form of the pre-Columbian Maya god Mam. Maximon's residence changes yearly and it is a great honor for the family that is responsible for serving him and catering to his debaucherous ways.

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