Maya Resurgence In Guatemala: Q'eqchi' Experiences by Richard WilsonMaya Resurgence In Guatemala: Q'eqchi' Experiences by Richard Wilson

Maya Resurgence In Guatemala: Q'eqchi' Experiences

byRichard Wilson

Paperback | September 1, 1999

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Across Guatemala, Mayan peoples are struggling to recover from decades of cataclysmic upheaval -- religious conversions, civil war, displacement, military repression. Richard Wilson carried out long-term research with Q'eqchi'-speaking Mayas in the province of Alta Verapaz to ascertain how these events affected social organization and identity. He finds that their rituals of fertility and healing -- abandoned in the 1970s during Catholic and Protestant evangelizations -- have been reinvented by an ethnic revivalist movement led by Catholic lay activists, who seek to renovate the earth cult in order to create a new pan-Q'eqchi' ethnic identity.
Title:Maya Resurgence In Guatemala: Q'eqchi' ExperiencesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:373 pages, 8.47 × 5.41 × 0.86 inPublished:September 1, 1999Publisher:UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA PRESSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0806131950

ISBN - 13:9780806131955

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The Mayans are indigenous communities who have lived for centuries in the Guatemalan highlands. Over many decades, they have endured attempts by the government and the Protestant and Catholic churches to alter their culture and religion and eliminate their people. Social anthropology lecturer Richard Wilson examines how the Q’Eqchi-speaking Mayas of Alta Verapaz have recently revived many of their cultural and religious beliefs and practices in Maya Resurgence in Guatemala.