“Chamulas believe that humans comes from the corn, not the monkeys, we pass from the stage of monkeys but our origins are from the corn.”
Chamula guide, San Juan Baptist church, San Juan Chamula, Chiapas, Mexico
Original version in spanish: “Os Chamulas creen que el hombre viene del maiz, no de los monos, pasamos de monos pero somos de maiz.”
The more I travel the more I see that luckily there are thousand of different people, millions of different believes. And some times, believes as different as killing a chicken in front of colourful candles while spelling words in indigenous dialects, can feel more real than what I have been told my whole life.
Yesterday I was impressed to find out that a small mexican indigenous community, the Chamulas, has always been autonomous from both the Vatican and Mexican authorities! Once a year they choose their police men, once every 3 years their maior, no reading of the bible is accepted, their church stays open 24/7 and if you steel or abuse in any way you will end up burnt at the central square of the village.
Cruel/Effective? Old fashioned/Sincere? Who can tell?
I just know it was amazingly touching and human, an experience I never had before inside a church. Mystic!