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The Zinacantecos


the Zinacantecos

the day's work. Ch'ulel: inner, personal "soul chanul: "animal spirit companion vashakmen: Four-corner Gods Fiestas Zinacantecos of Mexico Evon. Patrilocal Residence : married couple moves in with the groom's parents. Mayan tribesman with a Spanish-Catholic influence. They all wear the red and white striped shirts and pink tasseled scarves their wives weave for them. And to top it off, they all wear flat- brimmed straw sombreros dangling hosts of long multi-colored ribbons behind them. Despite the tropical heat, the Zinacantecos drink little water while working. If the men found small purple flowers growing, they might pick one and suck its bitter stem.

The Zinacantecos of Mexico : A Modern Mayan Way of Life



the Zinacantecos

Zinacantan, hilly and forested, does not have enough arable land to produce all the corn needed. By the time I was Zinacanteco would already have the fire heating an earthenware pot of dark beans which had been simmering all night, while we slept under our open, cane-thatched shelter. Each one has a different feast assigned to him during the year, although they each have to assist in every feast throughout the year. Moreover, a Zinacanteco manages his own local government and possesses his own lands. He speaks a language known as the New Global Era "Tzotzil." He has developed over centuries a way of life strongly resistant to any inroads of Mexican or Western civilization. The alperesetik are those who buy and prepare everything needed for the feast outside the church: fireworks, kamer (which is a sort of bomb or explosive that they use at certain moments of the feast in order to emphasize its importance etc. They constitute an ascending scale in the same order as they are described below. One can never become one of the moletik if he hasn't been a martomo first and then an alperes. Each of us took a handful of the cold pozol and put it in our bowls, adding water and stirring it with the brown water.


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