Wagley, Charles, 1913-. The social and religious life of a Guatemalan village

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

Title: The social and religious life of a Guatemalan village

Published By: Original publisher Menasha, Wisconsin: American Anthropological Association. 1949. 150 p., 6 photos on 3 end plates

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Charles W. Wagley

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2010. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Mam Maya (NW08)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Community structure (621); Community heads (622); Settlement patterns (361); Towns (632); Cultural identity and pride (186); Real property (423); Local officials (624); Inter-community relations (628); Lineages (613); Ethnosociology (829); Ethnic stratification (563); Household (592); Artificial kin relationships (608); Friendships (572); Congregations (794); Organized ceremonial (796); Status, role, and prestige (554); Age stratification (561); Shamans and psychotherapists (756); Revelation and divination (787); Elections (666); Prayers and sacrifices (782);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This monograph, a companion volume to 1: Wagley, is concerned with a description of the social and religious life of the Mam in Santiago Chimaltenango. The first two chapters stress the social life and include discussions of kinship and the life cycle. The local civil-religious hierarchy is fully dicussed and there is some information on how the local officials fit into the governmental organization of Guatemala (here the reader should beware of Wagley's application of the term mnicipio to Chimaltenango since the town had lost that status in 1935). Major chapters are also devoted to the religious belief system and to a description of the annual ceremonial cycle. The monograph pertains to 1937 when Wagley did his fieldwork. There are a few hints of possible changes in Chimaltenango between the date of field work and date of publication, but these are not dealt with in any systematic way. An appendix of field notes written in 1944 by Juan de Dios Rosales, a researcher with the Carnegie Institution, is included and gives glimpses of daily life as well as what it is like to do field work in this village. Finally, there is an extensive index that is keyed to materials in 1: Wagley in addition to this volume.

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. nw08-002

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. 138)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document April-October, 1937

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 Ethnologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Eleanor Swanson ; Martin Malone ; 1976

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1900-1944

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Santiago Chimaltenango; Cuchumatanes Highlands; Huehuetenango Department, Guatemala

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Mam Indians/Indians of Central America--Guatemala/Indians of Central America--Social life and customs/Indians of Central America--Religion/Santiago Chimaltenango (Guatemala)


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