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. La Huida de las Virgenes
[The Flight of the Virgins]
. Watercolor on paper. 2006, 12.5"h. x 18"w.
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  The Tz'utuhil Maya Virgens, in order to avoid becoming mistresses of the Spanish Conquistadors, threw themselves off of a cliff. Legend has it that they changed into birds and flew away. The church in the background of this painting is the church in Santiago Atitlán. Parts of the structure are over five hundred years old, dating to shortly after the conquest. The original capital of the Tz'utuhil Maya, Chuitinamit, was a short distance from present day Santiago Atitlán. It was located on top of a hill on Lake Atitlán across an inlet from Santiago Atitlán. After the Conquest the Spaniards relocated the population to the site of the present town.
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