The Drunken, Devilish Mayan God Still Worshipped in Guatemala


He’s the kind of god you pray to when you really want a motorcycle.

Depending on who you ask, Maximón is Satan, a Catholic saint, or a relic of the pre-colonial Mayan religion. Everyone can agree on what he looks like, at least: He’s a dapper, mustachioed gentleman in a black suit and sombrero. You’ll never mistake him because he’s always smoking a cigarette or large cigar, and his houses of worship are filled with burning candles, bottles of rum or Quetzalteca grain alcohol, and other offerings from his supplicants.

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