Two weeks ago my parents went for a church meeting to the town of Rabinal in the department of Baja Verapaz. They laughed when I asked them to bring me a Chinchin. We had just finished unloading the moving truck with gazillion boxes of 'cunches' -knick knacks- and I wanted more!
Well the 'Chinchines' known in other cultures as maracas are typical of that region. The locals pick the fruit 'morro', cook it, take off the meat, let it dry and then hand paint it with natural colors from plants or insects. Today they probably also use commercial paint. Inside the Chinchines to produce the sound there are pebbles picked at the river. All the previous picture was described by Doña Delfina the very loved lady that works with us helping with the house chores and who was born in Rabinal.
The Chinchines are most often used during Christmas season for the posadas.