The thing that excites me so much about these new forums is the ability to talk about “Atlas-y” type topics that aren’t connected to a single specific “place.” For instance, Maximón, a Mayan deity venerated in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. I first encountered him during a visit to a a small temple in Chichicastenango. There are churches and altars all around the region that are dedicated to him, and he manifests himself differently in different places. What’s consistent about Maximón is that he is always depicted drinking and/or smoking (often his altar attendants can be seen doing the same.) Pilgrims will often leave offerings of cigars or alcohol when asking for his protections. Of all the saints, Maximón seems like the kind I wouldn’t mind hanging out with.
Does anyone else here know about interesting regional deities (Central American, or otherwise?)