The groups speaking languages belonging to Maya
stock still live in villages in the era where
their ancestors created their high culture.
They have different economic, social, religious
and cultural patterns, which at the same time
share some common traits.
Their religion combines pre-Hispanic and Roman
Catholic beliefs; they worship the gods of nature
and perform rituals to control weather and for
curing sickness, which are directed by specialists
in the supernatural.
They venerate the saints and celebrate certain
saint's days of Catholic calendar.
They, also, preserve both pre-Hispanic and
Colonial elements in their political and religious
organizations through elaborate system of
positions for serving the community.
They live in settlements apart from the village
proper with its church and municipal offices at
the center, in houses in the surrounding areas.