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Prayer for Rain ceremony takes place in Guatemala

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A man prays during the "Rogativa por la Lluvia" or Prayer for Rain ceremony at Chicabal Lagoon in San Martin Sacatepequez, Guatemala.

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An offering of flowers and a cross are seen during a downpour on the shore of the Chicabal Lagoon in Guatemala. The lagoon was formed on the crater of a former volcano and considered by Mayan people as a sacred place.

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A woman prays as she shields herself from the rain during a Mayan rain ceremony on the shore of the Chicabal Lagoon in San Martin Sacatepequez, Guatemala.

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A woman heats tortillas over an open fire while shielding herself and a child from a light drizzle during the Prayer for Rain ceremony.

The "Rogativa por la Lluvia" or Prayer for Rain ceremony takes place annually, 40 days after Holy Week, on the shore of the Chicabal Lagoon, a body of water formed on the crater of a former volcano. The lagoon is considered by Mayan people as a sacred place, in San Martin Sacatepequez, Guatemala.

All photo were shot on May 17, but were made available to msnbc.com today.

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A drunken man sleeps face down after attending a Mayan rain ceremony on the shore of the Chicabal Lagoon.

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