K'iche' Maya Oral History Project



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The narrator tells the story of a man and his young son armed with a magic dagger who set out to kill a group of thieves. This all happened when the government began to install electric lights, and for some reason they needed human heads for that project. Note: This story is similar to another story (#99) in this collection.

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Latin American and Iberian Institute, University of New Mexico


Supernatural; vigilantism


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Oral History #079: A Traveler Defeats the Black Murderers



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