Sealing the Frost

Sealing the Frost

Early April
The Cuchumatan Indians of Santa Eulalia in northern Guatemala hold a rather risky ceremony every year early in the planting season. The town of Santa Eulalia is perched high in the mountains and the Indians traditionally believe that the cold frost resides in a crack over the edge of a cliff outside town. In order to protect the new crops from a late frost, the religious leaders in town lead a procession to the cliff. They tie a rope around the waist of one of the leaders and lower him over the edge where he fills in the crack with cement to keep the frost in.
SOURCES:
BkHolWrld-1986, Apr 8
FiestaTime-1965, p. 61