K'iche' Maya Oral History Project



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A long time ago there was a terrible famine and the people were dying of hunger. An animal named Awachiyak led them to a large cliff with a rock face. They discovered that the rock was hollow, and there was corn inside. An angel broke open the rock with a lightning bolt, and corn poured out. Note: This story is similar to other stories (#40 y #143) in this collection.

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Latin American and Iberian Institute, University of New Mexico


Agriculture; corn; magic


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Oral History #061: The Origin of Corn



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