National Geographic : 1936 Oct
WHERE MAN'S GARB RIVALS THE QUETZAL SWINGING CENSERS, INDIANS PAUSE FOR A PRAYER Kneeling before the church portal, humble worshipers of Santo Tomas Chichicastenango display striking and bizarre costumes. An adaptation of 16th-century Spanish garb, the clothes are embroi dered with sunbursts and other symbols. © National Geographic Society Finlay Photographs by Luis Marden THE WEIRD CANDLE CEREMONY IN THE CHURCH OF SANTO TOMAS The head of the family (left) prays and gesticulates while he drops rose petals, corn, and small coins among the flickering tapers. Indians kneel for hours on the cold stone floor of the church.