K'iche' Maya Oral History Project



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This story is of a man used to go to the Pacific coast of Guatemala to work. There a snake spoke to the man, and gave him the ability to understand the languages of the animals. The snake warned the man that if he told other people about his ability, he would die. The man didn't heed the snake's warning began to tell the people that he had that power, and for that reason he died.

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Latin American and Iberian Institute, University of New Mexico


diviner powers; supernatural spirits


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Oral History #046: A Man Learned From a Snake How to Understand the Animals



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