San Juan Cotzal Local Customs

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    Gestures and Body Language III

    by Ken_Weaver Updated Apr 22, 2003

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    Maria

    When I becken someone to come over to my location I would wave them over with my hand upright and my palm toward my self. Apparently this gesture is one that you would use in Guatemala to solicit a prostitute! The correct way to beckon someone toward you is to motion with the hand down and palm toward you. Maria is one of the true saints of the area....she has been the "poster girl" for the Agros Foundation, not only because of her beautiful smile, but also because of her gracious heart.

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    Gestures and Body Language II

    by Ken_Weaver Written Dec 30, 2002

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    When I want to indicate the location of something, I will point with my idex finger. However, in this area the natives indicate direction by pointing with their chins! "It's over there" they will say as they jut their chin out in the direction of the place you have asked about.

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    Gestures and Body Language

    by Ken_Weaver Written Dec 30, 2002

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    Domingo

    Gestures and body language vary throughout the world and this place is no exception. The indigenous people here are Ixil, descendents of the Mayas. They may not look you in the eye when you talk to them. They believe that there are certain powers that one has in their eyes and they don't want you to take their power away so they don't look at people directly. Ixil men talking together may stand side by side and only occasionally glance at one another. The situation has changed somewhat with more Western visitors in the area.

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