Inigo Lopez de Loyola was born in 1491 in the village of Loyola, Spain. He was also the youngest of thirteen children. Unfortunately, his mother passed when he was 7 years old, but despite this, he was motivated and had many dreams of becoming a great leader or general. At the age of 18, he did join the military and became a soldier. He also adapted the name Ignatius of Loyola. He had a talent in the battlefield; he participated in many battles, always managing to be unhurt. A story says he killed a Moor with whom he argued about the divinity of Jesus. His talents ranked him up fast and soon he commanded his own group of soldiers.
As Belizeans, we are very superstitious people, and so is the rest of the Caribbean. All areas of Mesoamerica have their own traditional folktales and legends, and within the Maya territory, there are numerous characters and stories. Xtabai is what many would consider to be the most malevolent of them all. The very mention of her name is enough to bring chills to someone’s entire body. The character is not fully understood, which brings even more mystery to its motives and is best described as a demon.
On Good Friday i was lucky that I did not have to work and could have attend the Good Friday events hosted by the Sacred Heart Parish Church in San Ignacio Town. For weeks now i could have heard members of the church practicing their lines and acting during the night time so i knew it would have been a good. I had missed the previous year so did not know what to expect. I arrived in time to see the trial and the lashings (all fake out course) but people could not help putting their hands over their face and heart. The procession of Jesus carrying the cross started through the streets of San Ignacio and Santa Ellena returning to the church and then crucifixion and finalized with the burial of Christ. So here are some pictures and a slideshow video i made enjoy.
A hundred years ago in 1913 the Pallotine sisters arrived to which was then British Honduras, coming from far away Germany being their origin. After missing the boat ride on the Titanic, the sisters took a later ship to the United Sates. Where they encountered a priest that was coming to British Honduras. After arriving into Belize City they would have taken a boat, “Cayo boat” after five or so days they would arrived into then “El Cayo” San Ignacio they would have spent a night or two at the adjoining thatch roof building beside the priest’s house. Their final destination was Benque Viejo del Carmen, so either my horse or walking they made their way. A convent was later built in Benque Viejo and in San Ignacio, where the Pallotine sisters took admin over the schools.