Navarro Official Beaded Bracelet: Balam in Orange and Blue

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The Payas of Patzun that inspired the drawings you see in this bracelet have symbols in them that represent elements such as: nine half-moons which belong to the nine months of pregnancy; two double headed eagles representing duality; three sections of leaves representing the tree of life; two jaguars and two deer at each end symbolizing royalty; three birds or doves to send the messages to the sky; beneath both deer a figure of a monstrance (a catholic figure) symbolizing the sun – the center of the universe; a symmetric cross which indicates the four corners of the universe.

These beautifully crafted bracelets were made in Santiago Atitlan, in Guatemala by Tz'utujil women.