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Nebulous roots of wacky Sayaca celebration

Ajijic has no historical records tracing the true origins of La Sayaca, the masked dance troupes that have played a key role in Carnaval celebrations for countless generations.

Local lore suggests the tradition arose from native rituals practiced during the pre-Hispanic era, linking the Sayaca to the legendary village matriarch Xicantzi, a direct descendent of the area’s ancestral tribal ruler.

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