K'iche' Maya Oral History Project



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The narrator tells a story about a sick man who butchered pigs. One day a pig spoke to him and told him he wasn't really a pig, but was actually the man's compadre. He told the man that he was sent to suffer in the mountain for being avaricious his entire life. The pig/compadre then asked the man to deliver his family's goods to the needy so that the lords of the mountain would be spared from suffering for the rest of eternity.

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Latin American and Iberian Institute, University of New Mexico


Animals; redemption; afterlife


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Oral History #094: A Man Came to the Mountain and Visited With the Owners



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