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Paach ceremony. ©UNESCO 2012
Paach ceremony

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The Paach ceremony is a corn-veneration ritual celebrated in San Pedro Sacatepéquez. The ritual describes the growing and harvesting of corn and includes dancing, prayers in the Mam language and a meal. Older men and women dress ceremonial corncobs, offer prayers during the ceremony, coordinate the preparation and serving of food and perform a ceremonial dance to marimba music. In recent years, the Paach ceremony has suffered from a decrease in transmission, with young people and some bearers declining to participate.

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Place/region Guatemala, Latin America, Caribbean
Series: 2013 inscriptions on the Urgent Safeguarding List
Type: Documentary
Production: Ministry of culture and Sports of Guatemala Olga Xicara, producer ; TV Maya Canal 5, producer ; ALMG-Ismael Sacalxot, producer.
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Rights/Droits: Ministry of Culture and Sports of Guatemala

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