Forgot to include this in part 1: Our tour guide told us a story of the founder of the coffee bean farm. He said, “If you put sugar in good coffee, it ruins the coffee.  If you put sugar in bad coffee, it ruins the sugar.”

Also on the coffee farm were some mini replicas of famous places here in Guatemala.

This is Chichicastenango:

And Lake Atitlan:

After our coffee farm tour, we went on a musical instrument museum tour. The first set of instruments we saw were the Pre-Columbus ones.

This is a concha (shell), and a clay whistle shaped like a bird, both very primitive instruments.

The Mayans also used a deer antler to play a turtle shell.

For Post-Columbus instruments, the Mayans would take a horse jaw and let it dry out. The teeth make a very distinct rattling noise when the side of the jaw is struck.

The progression of the marimba, originally made with gourds and later with all wood resonators.

This is a double reed wind instrument that sounds almost like the horn of a bagpipe.

The smallest accordian I’ve ever seen:

A diatonic harp:

This is a matraca. It makes a rachet like sound and is only used in times of mourning- funerals and Good Friday.

Saint Geronimo:

Here is a traditional Guatemalan kite. It is a common custom here to fly a kite on All Souls Day.  The Mayans believe that the kite high in the air lifts up the prayers to their ancestors.

This is a replica of the Mayan “saint” Maximon.  Many Catholic churches have integrated this Mayan god into their worship.  It is customary to visit Maximon with bread, liquor, cigars, and candles and offer prayers to him while drinking and smoking.

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