Balancing the World: Contemporary Maya ajq’ijab in by Daniel Croles Fitjar

By Daniel Croles Fitjar

In Balancing the World, the writer illuminates what an ajq’ij, or «daykeeper», is via offering fabric he amassed in a sequence of interviews with practitioners of Maya spirituality. usually categorised as Maya clergymen, shamans, religious publications, or perhaps witches, the boys and ladies known as ajq’ijab do quite a few paintings to assist their viewers, their ancestors, the spirits and the realm itself. 9 interviewees from the Quetzaltenango region within the Guatemalan highlands inform approximately how they treatment and keep away from disease, practice divinations, converse with the ancestors and do their half in balancing the realm. such a lot of them agree that they have got been selected for this accountability and so they see it as either a present and a burden.

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Her 16 year old daughter came with her to the interview and could help us a little by translating words to and from K’iche’ when necessary, but for her as well, Spanish is a second language. Manuel Manuel is an energetic man in his mid-fifties who works for the government and travels a lot in Guatemala because of his job. He is married and has adult children. He is also the current leader of the group I have called “Manuel’s group,” and we met him alone in the school building where the group has its meetings.

Greg Grandin, Deborah T. , The Guatemala Reader: History, Culture, Politics, The Latin America Readers (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011), 107 f. 13 until his death in 1865. 10 If the military controlled national politics, then the Catholic cofradías, ‘saint-cults,’ can be said to have controlled local politics. 11 Elections were held, and one of the leaders of the revolution, the teacher Juan José Arévalo, became the next president. 12 The agrarian reforms gave the Guatemalan state the right to take and redistribute uncultivated land.

Com/news/ world-latin-america-24833642. 16 Commission for Historical Clarification, “Acts of genocide,” in The Guatemala Reader: History, Culture, Politics, edited by Greg Grandin, Deborah T. Levenson, and Elizabeth Oglesby, The Latin America Readers (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011), 386. ”18 Although Grandin19 raises some doubt as to whether the massacres actually were racially motivated, they were nonetheless perceived as such by large parts of the population. 20 In addition to focusing on the atrocities of the civil war, the rhetoric of these revivalists often highlights a discrimination against the indigenous population dating back to the Spanish conquest.

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