Whilst looking into Guatemala’s prominent mayan history i wanted to see what influences current day Guatemala still had from this pretty much extinct culture.
there is a clear contrast between the poor mayan villages in the rural highlands, and the urban and relatively wealthy Mestizos population. (combination of european and native american)
They are very small and colourful dolls that a person (usually a child) who cannot sleep due to worrying cab express their worries to and then place it under their pillow before going to sleep. According to folk law, the doll is thought to worry in the person place, thereby permitting the person to sleep peacefully.
They are known for their brightly coloured yarn-based textiles, which are woven into capes, skirts, shirts, blouses and dresses. each village has its own distinctive pattern, making it possible to distinguish a persons home town.
my parents used to buy me worry dolls when i was a child to help me
You know, they straightened out the Mississippi River in places, to make room for houses and livable acreage. Occasionally the river floods these places. “Floods” is the word they use, but in fact it is not flooding; it is remembering. Remembering where it used to be. All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was. Writers are like that: remembering where we were, what valley we ran through, what the banks were like, the light that was there and the route back to our original place. It is emotional memory — what the nerves and the skin remember as well as how it appeared. And a rush of imagination if is our “flooding.”
Toni Morrison, excerpt from “The Site of Memory,” What Moves at the Margin: Selected Nonfiction (via herkindoftea)