K'iche' Maya Oral History Project



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A young man found a book in the hills when he went to work. He began to read the book, and discovered it contained evil prayers that gave him the power to do magic. His neighbors discovered that the young man was transforming himself into an animal, and decided to kill him. So the youth went to a diviner for advice. The diviner told him that if he didn't stop using the book, he would soon die. The young man heeded the advice of the medicine man and got rid of the book, and thus avoided death.

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Latin American and Iberian Institute, University of New Mexico


Magic; integrity; violence


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Oral History #067: A Young Man Learns From a Book How to do Evil Things



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