Redfield, Robert, 1897-. Chan Kom: a Maya village

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Chan Kom—a Maya Village

Chapter I The Village Of Chan Kom

Gradients Of Civilization In Yucatan

The Intermediate Villages

The Position Of Chan Kom

The Location Of Chan Kom: Communications

The Spatial Limits Of The Natives World

The Temporal Limits Of The Native's World


Population Changes


Race And Nativity



Chapter Ii History

The Pre-hispanic Period

The Spanish Conquest

After The Conquest

The War Of The Castes


The Revolution Of 1910–21

Chan Kom Becomes A Pueblo

Chapter Iii Tools And Techniques


Domestic Equipment

Food And Cookery


Handicrafts 2


Cattle And Poultry


Bees And Bee-keeping

Chapter Iv Economics

Quantity Of Maize Production

The Man-land Ratio

Other Food Production

Firewood And Building Materials

Production And Consumption Groups

Consumption: A Family Budget

Wealth And Its Distribution




Personal Property And Inheritance


Chapter V The Division Of Labor

Between The Sexes

With Respect To Age

The Secular Professionals

Midwife And Kax Baac

The Sacred Professionals; The Maestros Cantores

The Casamentero

The H-mens

Cooperative Labor And Work-exchange

Communal Labor; Fagina

Occupational Division Of Time

The Yearly Round

Chapter Vi Family, Village And State

Family And Household

Kinship And The Great Family

Kinship Terms

Older Brothers

Marriage: Choice Of Spouse

Divorce And Desertion

Godparents And Compadres


Races And Classes

Local Government: The Comisario

State And National Government: Liga And Agrarian Committee

Chapter Vii The Invisible World

The Santo

The Cross

Gods Of The Field And The Forest

Gods Of The Bees

Guardians Of The Deer

Guardian Of The Cattle

The Winds

The Souls Of The Dead

The Alux

Demon And Monster

Propitiation And Prayer

The Two Ritual Contexts

Chapter Viii Ceremonies Of Field And Hive

The Offerings To The Yuntzilob

Making The Milpa

The Dinner-of-the-milpa

The Dinner-of-the-thup

The Rain Ceremony

First Fruit Ceremonies (hol-che)

The Dinner-of-the-bees


The New House Ceremony

Chapter Ix Novena And Village Fiesta

The Novena

Prayers For The Dead

The Village Fiesta

Dza Akab And Hadz Pach

Chapter X Sickness And Its Cure

“cold” And “hot”

The Evil Winds


Nocturnal Birds


Treatment Of Disease

Therapeutic Ceremonies



Chapter Xi From Birth To Death

Birth 1



The Hand-washing Ceremony




The Dying And The Dead

The Days Of The Dead

Chapter Xii The Meaning Of Nature

Outlines Of The Universe

Sun, Moon And Stars


Plants And Animals

Man's Own Body

Omens And Dreams

Chapter Xiii A Village Leader

My Story Since I Was Six Years Old

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Chan Kom: a Maya village

Published By: Original publisher Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 1934 [1962 printing]. x, 387 p., plates ill.,

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication by Robert Redfield…and Alfonso Villa R.

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Maya (Yucatán Peninsula) (NV10)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Life history materials (159); Cereal agriculture (243); Dwellings (342); Division of labor by gender (462); Extended families (596); Artificial kin relationships (608); Community structure (621); Community heads (622); Inter-community relations (628); Revolution (669); Theory of disease (753); Magical and mental therapy (755); (79);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This is an intensive study of the folk culture of the village of Chan Kom, located in the north central part of the Yucatan peninsula. The basic presentation is in twelve chapters concentrating successively on the village and its setting; history; tools and techniques; economics; the division of labor; family, village and state; the invisible world; ceremonies of field and hive; the novena and the village fiesta; sickness and its cure; the life cycle; and the meaning of nature. The autobiography of a native community leader is presented as a separate chapter. The six appendices include a diary of his life in Chan Kom by Villa Rojas; some myths, legends, and tales; texts of Maya prayers; notes on midwifery by Katherine MacKay; an analysis of Indian and Spanish elements in the culture; and a glossary of Maya and Spanish animal and plant names mentioned in the text. The original draft of this source was prepared by Redfield and was submitted to Villa Rojas for additions and changes.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 2

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. nv10-002

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 375 and 380) and index

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1927-1933

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologists-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 1965

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). prehistory-1933

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) village of Chan Kom, Yucatan, Mexico

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Mayas


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