John M. Watanabe's Maya Saints and Souls in a Changing World PDF

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By John M. Watanabe

The Maya of Santiago Chimaltenango have skilled more and more quick, even violent, integration into Guatemalan society within the final fifty years, but they nonetheless distinguish themselves ethnically from Spanish-speaking Guatemalans and different Maya. Why this feeling of ethnic identification persists—and additionally changes—over time is the point of interest of Maya Saints and Souls in a altering World, a superbly written ethnography of a Mam-speaking Maya city within the western highlands of Guatemala.

John Watanabe uniquely explores how Chimaltecos themselves outline their neighborhood area of expertise. This procedure uncovers major continuities in lifeways and global view that will in a different way stay imperceptible to an outsider.

Another vital characteristic of the research is that it updates Charles Wagley's pioneering study locally through the Thirties. Watanabe identifies either the exterior, old elements that experience brought on switch locally in view that Wagley's time and the people's responses to those changes.

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