The Latino Author is featuring published author Dr. I believe you’ll be impressed with the information she has chosen to share with our readers. In light of the bravery of the anonymous victim and her demand for justice, my mind has been swirling with how do we respond as a culture when women are continually shamed into silence and then often blamed for sexual assault. Women are so used to being catcalled while walking to their cars or through the market that most have stopped paying attention.I once heard an indigenous women share how she grew up learning not would pat her butt in a sly, sexual way.Her only option was to take a different bus or sit down quickly.The customs and history of the Guatemala people date back to the ancient Mayan times and although many of the practices have been updated to more modern times, their lives are still centered on the social cultural events known as folklore.Today, many different ethnic groups claim their origins can be traced back to the Maya, which is about half of the population.It’s appropriate and best to present the card with the Spanish side facing the receiving person.Remember that Guatemalans place a high value on relationships in social situations rather than on adherence of time and schedules.
Some men will wear a tight skirt that wraps around and over their pants. In addition, the men wear colorful button up shirts, which is the traditional Guatemalan dress and can be tied back to the Mayan influence.There is another small group of people who still practice the old ancient Mayan beliefs.Spanish is the official language in Guatemala; although, there are about 31 Mayan groups that have kept their ancient ancestral languages alive today. Unfortunately, education in Guatemala is at an extremely low standard and has the lowest literacy rate in all of Central America.It appears that education is mostly for the privileged few and not for the average citizen.Things to Do or Not Do while in Guatemala As you visit a country, there are things that tourists or visitors should or should not do.