K'iche' Maya Oral History Project



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The narrator says that a long time ago an angel sent a lightning bolt that broke a cliff and made corn pour out. The kernels of corn that were burned by the lightning bolt became the blue corn. The corn that was partially burned became the yellow corn. The corn that was not burned by the lightning became the white corn. Note: This story is similar to other stories (#61 and #143) in this collection.

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Latin American and Iberian Institute, University of New Mexico


agriculture; corn; harvest


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Oral History #040: The Origin of the Three Kinds of Corn



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