A triple Mayan celebration at a Shaman is one great opportunity to observe some fading traditions. Mayan New Year, baptism and new shaman initiation all blended in one huge ceremony of three or four hours long. All at the very one and only tata Pedro Cruz. He is a traditional Mayan Ajq’ij, Day Keeper and one of the principal authorities of the Council of Mayan Elders of Lake Atitlan. His teachings include Mayan culture, cosmology, the sacred calendars, and the ancient oral wisdom of the Maya. Tata Pedro is one of the founders of the Unification of Ancestral Wisdom festival in Tikal, Guatemala. The celebration went on and on for hours, engulfed in smoke and mystical ritual; and my camera shutter went on and on all through the ceremony. There was no voodoo, rather a message of peace, love and unity. A bit of smoke and colored cologne spraying show-add-on but kept in decent boundaries. And yeah, Blaze was allowed in too, he laid behind tata Pedro’s chair all the way through without creating any distraction. The kids played with him from time to time so he was not bored completely.