Izamal: Bishop Landa's statue

Izamal: Bishop Landa's statue

June 1995

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This statue of Bishop Diego de Landa stands in front of the Basilica and acts as a traffic regulator or glorietta. Catholicism has been embraced by the Maya, but does not replace the ancient religion and its traditional rituals. The Mayan customs are observed, with the addition of Christianity, making for a rich religious experience.

On December 8th, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, a pilgrimage to visit the Virgin in the Basilica is followed by a walk to the pyramid of Kinich Kak Mo -- just one example of this type of syncretic religion.

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