K'iche' Maya Oral History Project



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When the first Catholic priests arrived in Nahualá, one of them did witchcraft and made the people terminally ill. One night a dead woman returned home to her husband and children and ate most of her baby. They then re-buried her in the cemetery. In this manner the family was able to rid themselves of the zombie.

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Latin American and Iberian Institute, University of New Mexico


Afterlife; repentence; religion; burial practices


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Oral History #078: A Woman is Revived from Death and Disturbs Her Family



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