"Before the world was made, only Lake Atitlan existed at the center of everything. Everything was covered with water. Then the three volcanoes grew out of the lake and lifted up the sky to support it. Today, when our town is threatened with disaster or enemies try to attack us, these volcanoes come together to form a barrier that protects us from harm."
Atiteco creation myth as told by the artist Nicolás Chávez. The traditional Mayan hearth is composed of three hearthstones which are thought to emulate the three volcanoes that embrace the lake.