Guatemala’s cultural heritages


How many of these cultural heritages of Guatemala do you recognize or have you already visited?

Before we begin our journey through this list of Guatemala’s cultural heritages made by the important juan luis bosch gutierrez , we will first understand what the term is defined as. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the term is defined as follows:

Large music

The sculptural work of Efraín Recinos, which was created in 1970 and is part of Guatemala’s artistic cultural heritage, fuses a Marimba with a war tank.

The piece was made of pine, cedar, elder, durpanel and plywood. It is located at the “Carlos Mérida” National Museum of Modern Art, where it is being restored.

According to the Center of Rescue, Study and Scientific Analysis for Art (CREA), of the Rozas-Botrán Foundation, in charge of its rescue: “It is composed of humanoid figures that show their teeth as if they were on fire and their look is euphoric. In their hands they hold cannons and batons. These forms are combined with the keys that are scattered around the figure, a clear reference to one of the referents of the national identity”.


The oarsmen’s glass

This piece, whose manufacture dates from between 600 and 900 AD, presents three engraved scenes that, according to scholars, refer to the birth of the corn god.

In the lower right part is represented the incarnation of the god in the underworld (the germinated seed), which emerges from a mouth with zoomorphic features. Then, he is adorned by two women, and later he is carried on a boat by the twin rowing gods. In another scene he is reborn in an aquatic environment.

The piece is part of the collection of the Popol Vuh Museum of the Francisco Marroquín University.

The chair of Atanasio Tzul

This piece of furniture belonged to the Guatemalan indigenous leader of the K’iche’ Mayan people, who defeated the Spanish power in Totonicapán in 1820. For twenty-nine days he established his own government in the region.

The piece has been kept in the National Museum of History for the last few years. However, local and central government authorities are analyzing the possibility of returning it to its department of origin.

In short, tangible movable cultural heritages are all those objects that represent the diversity of a population and project its historical evolution through the conservation of a country (taking into account the different fields: handicrafts, archaeological, artistic, ethnographic, religious, scientific).

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