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Zunil (Spanish pronunciation: [suˈnil]) is a municipality in the Quetzaltenango department of Guatemala with a surface area of 92 square kilometres (36 sq mi).[1] Zunil is located 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) from the city of Quetzaltenango, on the bank of the Salamá River.[2] Zunil has an altitude of approximately 2,075 metres (6,808 ft) above mean sea level.[2] The population is about 14,000 people, 100% indigenous. The inhabitants speak K'iche' and Spanish.[1] There are thermal baths with volcanic water around the town, for example Fuentes Georginas and Almolonga.

Zunil
Panorama, 2009
Panorama, 2009
Zunil is located in Guatemala
Zunil
Zunil
Location in Guatemala
Coordinates: 14°47′N 91°29′W / 14.783°N 91.483°W / 14.783; -91.483
CountryFlag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala
DepartmentVlagquetzaltenango.gif Quetzaltenango
Government
 • MayorJose Maria Chaj (2012-2016)
Area
 • Total92 km2 (36 sq mi)
Elevation
2,076 m (6,811 ft)
Population
 (2011 Estimate)
 • Total12,356
 • Density134.30/km2 (347.8/sq mi)
ClimateCwb

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ReligionEdit

Zunil possesses active worship of San Simón (also known as Maximón), a life-sized mannequin representing a Maya god, sitting in a wooden throne, which is moved to a different house every year, and many people visit and leave gifts at his shrine.

NamesakesEdit

A crater on Mars, which may be the source of Mars meteorites, is named after the village.[3]

GalleryEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Zunil at Inforpressca Archived June 6, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b Cattelan 2004, p.36.
  3. ^ McEwan, A.S.; et al. (2005). "The rayed crater Zunil and interpretations of small impact craters on Mars" (PDF). Icarus. 176 (2): 351–381. Bibcode:2005Icar..176..351M. doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2005.02.009. Retrieved 2006-09-08..

ReferencesEdit

  • Cattelan, Marino (2004). Quetzaltenango. Guatemala: Xibalbá Publicaciones.

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Coordinates: 14°47′N 91°29′W / 14.783°N 91.483°W / 14.783; -91.483