After a few opening and welcoming remarks from Ernesto Martin, the three day celebration of the 15th Anniversary of INESIN began with a Mayan Prayer time led by spiritual leaders from Huixtan, Chiapas, Mexico. The prayers centered around an altar formed on the ground; a circle of flowers and candles, oriented on the four cardinal directions.
Rhythmic prayer in the Tzotzil language was accompanied by stringed instrument music and maracas played by several of the congregants.
Here one of the women worship leaders moves around through the congregation with copal incense. The copal is placed on hot charcoal in a terra cotta censor which she is able to hold in her hand by the base. It looks like a big chalice. She then blows on the charcoal and is able to direct puffs in incense smoke in particular directions.
After the Mayan prayer service there were the lectures about the historical context of the area, followed by a substantial lecture General Secretary of a Swiss mission sending association which has been deploying young adults at INESIN for several years.