K'iche' Maya Oral History Project



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The narrator tells the story of a young man and a buzzard who wanted to trade lives. Finally the two spoke to each other, and were able to magically trade places. While the youth who became a buzzard did not fare well, the buzzard that became a man became successful.

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Latin American and Iberian Institute, University of New Mexico


Supernatural; life; success


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Oral History #085: A Young Man and a Buzzard Trade Places



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