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We went into Ajq'ij Marcelo Alonso Felipe's altar room which had a combination of Mayan and Catholic motifs, such as life-sized statues of Saint Simon (the Catholic equivalent of folk saint Maximon), posters of the sacred heart of Jesus, candles, etc.

He asked me to write down my grandmother's name so that he could pray for her. Mayans believe that prayers don't "count" unless you say them aloud.

He handed me three bundles of copal incense inside of corn husks and a prayer candle with a picture of St. Simon.

He took them from me and waved them over my head while he chanted for my "pobrecita abuelita" (poor grandmother). He prayed in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and then had me kiss the copal bundles and candles eight times. He then took them from me, lit the candle, and put the copal bundles aside.

He did the same to everyone else, praying for their protection and good health.

We all kneeled down on the floor and he continued to chant.

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