K'iche' Maya Oral History Project



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The narrator tells how an owl arrived near the house of a family for several nights. The man of the house was annoyed so he took out his gun and shot the owl. A short time later the man's wife died. He later discovered through a sequence of events that the owl was the messenger of the lord of the cemetery, and that his wife died because he had wounded the lord's messenger.

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Latin American and Iberian Institute, University of New Mexico


Religion; supernatural powers


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Oral History #048: The Owl



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