K'iche' Maya Oral History Project



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There were two brothers, Juan Vivo y Juan Bobo. Juan Vivo was timid and good hearted. Juan Bobo was an evil trickster. He killed his mother in the sauna, and then blamed her death on the priest who came to give her the last rites. Juan Vivo was eaten by a cougar. Juan Bobo lived on, and continued tricking people.

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Latin American and Iberian Institute, University of New Mexico


Brotherhood; honor; fate; virtue; evil


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Oral History #120: Juan Vivo and Juan Bobo



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