Book

In the eyes of the ancestors: belief and behavior in a Mayan community

Yale University PressNew Haven, Conn. • Published In 1970 • Pages:

By: Nash, June C..

Abstract
This book describes and analyzes changes taking place in the 1950s and 1960s in the Tzeltal community of Amatenango del Valle (Tzo?ontahal). These changes were in the economy, relationships to the Mexican government and the surrounding Ladino population, political leadership, and religion. Villagers were beginning to break the pattern of Ladino entrepreneurship through their own co-operatives (trucking co-op and co-op store). Political leadership, which had traditionally rested on the principle of age grading, had in some cases been given to young persons on grounds of their ability to write and speak Spanish. Literacy was increasing among the young people. Belief in the overall importance of the ancestors for the well-being of the community had given way to strong skepticism. As a result certain ceremonies had been dropped, and the healing practitioners were no longer considered as benevolent religious agents but were through-out suspected of witchcraft.
Subjects
Acculturation and culture contact
Sociocultural trends
Production and supply
culture
Tzeltal
HRAF PubDate
1995
Region
Middle America and the Caribbean
Sub Region
Maya Area
Document Type
Book
Evaluation
Ethnographer-5
Analyst
Sigrid Khera ; John Beierle
Coverage Date
1950s-1960s
Coverage Place
municipio of Amatenango del Valle, community of Tzo?ontahal, Chiapas, Mexico
Notes
[by] June Nash
Bibliography: p. 355-362. Includes index
LCCN
70081425
LCSH
Tzeltal Indians