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Notes from Mexico Trip- Johnny Monsarrat Mexico Trip

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18TH, 1999 – CHIAPAS (CONT.) The San Juan Chamula call themselves a traditional people, but they use Catholic symbols to perform the old Mayan rituals and have the old Mayan beliefs. They don't want other people to have another religion. If one Indian changes religion, they expel the whole family: even the parents…
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Notes from Mexico Trip- Johnny Monsarrat Mexico Trip

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18TH, 1999 – CHIAPAS (CONT.) 250,000 tourists came to Chiapas in 1998. Since there's Tuxtla and Palenque, I would guess maybe only 100,000 came through San Cristobal. Actually, probably a lot less, because it's hard to get to San Cristobal. Let's assume that a fair percentage of them is around during December, which…
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Notes from Mexico Trip- Johnny Monsarrat Mexico Trip

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19TH, 1999 – CHIAPAS Today, I got up early after a much deserved 8 hours of sleep. I woke to an overwhelming smell, so powerful I cannot sleep. It smells like the fruitish dessert I ate my first night here. The heater only counteracted the drafts a little last night. The blankets are…
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Notes from Mexico Trip- Johnny Monsarrat Mexico Trip

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19TH – CHIAPAS (CONT.) In the bus station, I wait for the bus and watch the TV hanging in the corner. On the TV, they're speaking in Spanish "Frosty 'cay jana'??" to the tune of Frosty the snowman. There's a guy in a big baggy white felt suit playing Frosty the snowman. It's…
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