K'iche' Maya Oral History Project



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Narrator tells a story about a lazy young man who kills his mother because she tried to force him to work. He runs away to join a gang of thieves. When he discovers that they planned to kill him, he puts on the costume of a Mora dancer and begins to dance. When the thieves awake, they think the boy is a monster and throw themselves into a deep canyon and die. The lazy youth finds all the treasures that the dead thieves had robbed, and takes possession of them. Note: This story is similar to other stories (#26, #54, #62, #64, and #138) in this collection.

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Latin American and Iberian Institute, University of New Mexico


Folklore; robbery


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Oral History #026: The Lazy Man



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