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Instructed through Ignacio Bizarro Ujpan, an influential Tzutuhil elder, translated and edited by means of anthropologist James D Sexton, this choice of thirty-three old and modern folktales indicates how Maya ideals and practices combine parts of conventional and Hispanic cultures. Ancestors and gods of nature in addition to Catholic saints are consulted in sacred caves. The Christian God has now not eclipsed the ability of the pre-Columbian deities - heaven (grandfather) and middle of earth (grandmother) - who in keeping with legend created the black, white, and Mayan peoples. The tales additionally aspect the region's assorted plant and animal lifestyles, illustrate proverbs, and emphasize the ability of success and destiny.

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