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Prayer Meeting
Photograph by Stephen L. Alvarez

On the eve of a harvest ceremony, almost the entire village of La Compuerta, Guatemala, gather in a neighbor's house for a customary Maya vigil. They lay out offerings of candles, cacao, liquor, and copal, a native incense, sacrifice a duck, and pray all night. At dawn Don Vicente, the majordomo, will collect the offerings and lead the entire village to a nearby cave, an ancient pilgrimage site known as Naj Tunich. Around a bonfire at the cave's entrance everyone will dance, throw seeds into the fire, and give thanks for another year of bountiful produce.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 1V
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100F
Lens: 17-35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/15 @ f/2.8
Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Night
Lighting Techniques: Unrecorded


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