K'iche' Maya Oral History Project



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The narrator tells the story of a king who tells a boy that he could marry his daughter if he could build a bridge over a large canyon. The boy, with the help of God, managed to build the bridge, and as a reward the king gave him his daughter's hand in marriage. Note: This story is similar to another story (#145) in this collection.

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Latin American and Iberian Institute, University of New Mexico


Folktale; marriage; royalty; virtue


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Oral History #117: A Young Man Who Built a Big Bridge



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