K'iche' Maya Oral History Project



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The narrator tells the story of a rich man who believed that if he continually put money in a box he would be able to buy his and his children's places in heaven. He continued to put money in the box until he grew old. One day he opened the box and was amazed to see there was only a little money in the bottom of the box. The church guardian told him that he had wasted his life and money trying to buy a place in heaven. Only our good works can get us into heaven.

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Latin American and Iberian Institute, University of New Mexico


wealth; religion; salvation


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Oral History #044: The Man Who Tried to Buy the Sky



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