Macholoa Santa Bárbara pueblo Lenca de los mas antiguos de Honduras

Los habitantes de Macholoa Santa Bárbara continuan utilizando el guacal como utencilio de cocina

Santa Bárbara, Honduras. www.loschuñ  La comunidad  Lenca de Macholoa, Santa Bárbara,  es uno de los  más antiguos de Honduras, ya que a la llegada de los españoles, estaba constituido como pueblo.

Al inicio su nombre era Santa María Magdalena Macholoa, el cual  era un pequeño pueblo, que no llegaba a 400 vecinos y formaba, junto con otros nueve asentamientos, el distrito de Tencoa, cuya cabecera política y eclesiástica era el pueblo de Santa Bárbara.

Macholoa Santa Bárbara es uno de los poblados mas antiguos de Honduras

 Había un  control religioso católico, era mucho menos activo que en otras provincias, el número de sacerdotes  era poco en la región y su desplazamiento desde las cabeceras de curato hasta los pueblos era  complicado por las distancias, y por la geografía en particular durante la época de lluvias. De hecho había sólo un sacerdote para los 10 pueblos que formaban el distrito  de Tencoa.

Macholoa Se encuentra en el departamento de Santa Bárbara,  a unos 12  kilómetros de la cabecera departamental y 20 minutos en vehículo.  

Su nombre en lengua indígena Lenca  significa “muchas loas” y loas en lengua Lenca significa “aguas”.  Es una comunidad rodeada de gran belleza y riqueza natural, cercana a muchas montañas de la región.

Las costumbres Lencas siguen vivas en la comunidad de Macholoa Santa Bárbara

La comunidad Lenca de Macholoa es de las pocas que mantiene sus costumbres indígenas  casi en un 100%, actualmente cuentan con un Consejo Étnico Lenca,  un título ancestral que demarca los límites de sus tierras.

Continúan vivas costumbres como ser: El uso de los utensilios de cocina de barro y los guacales, la  ropa ancestral y la preparación de comidas comunes de nuestro antepasado. Redacción ARSS


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