K'iche' Maya Oral History Project



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The narrator tells the story about a young man who was very poor because he was lazy and did not want to work. When he took to stealing he claimed to be a diviner and began telling the people he stole from where he hid the stolen objects. They believed he was a diviner and paid him handsomely.

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Latin American and Iberian Institute, University of New Mexico


Diviner; theft; poverty


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Oral History #149: A Very Poor Man



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