K'iche' Maya Oral History Project



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The narrator talks of a great flood which came and covered the entire earth. Those who had climbed the trees were saved, but they were turned into monkeys. Those who buried themselves underground became gophers. Note: This story is similar to another one (#29) in this collection.

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Latin American and Iberian Institute, University of New Mexico


Origin myth; Animals; religion


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Oral History #042: The Origin of the Monkeys and Gophers



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