Familia Gaytán Durán Sign

Familia Gaytán Durán Sign

This is another tradition which is disappearing from the façades of La Antigua Guatemala. Having a tiled-sign with the family names on the wall next to the main doorway is something that is rapidly going away for different reason, safety among the most important of all. 🙁

What do you think are the other reasons?

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  • Aside from safety, I would think that the disappearance of the tradition of family name signs might have something to do with increased migration of local people hasta el norte, and the loss of family homes as a result. That’s just a guess. I know that many family homes are maintained by los padres y los abuelitos even when nearly all their young people are working in the north. But I also know of some who have sold or rented out their casas once they’ve decided not to return, or once their elders have died.