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  • Andrés Amado

Vessel rattle of Guatemala and Mexico, usually used in pairs. They exist in many sizes and varieties, made of gourd, metal, or pottery, filled with pebbles or seeds, and often decorated with flowers and other carved or painted patterns. The Maya use chinchines, also called zoot or sut in some Mayan dialects, predominantly in dance dramas and ceremonial contexts. Among the Ladino population (non-Mayan, ‘mestizo’), they are often played at Christmas processions called posadas or to accompany marimba ensembles in music derived from Mayan traditions. In Chiapas, Mexico, the zoot is often painted black with carved figures incised into the skin of the gourd.