Published on February 1st, 2008
Refugee: A person who flees, or is forced out of, a place of danger to them. The refugee settles in a safer place.
Vicente and Gerardo were in trouble. The traditionalists in their town in Chiapas, Mexico were planning another festival.
“Traditionalists” in Chiapas follow some Catholic teachings. But they mix those teachings with superstitious practices from the ancient Mayan religion. The Bible does not speak well of such practices (Isaiah 47:12–15; Daniel 1:20).
The traditionalists hold 13 festivals a year. They demand that the townspeople pay a “tax” to help them buy liquor and supplies for the festivals.