- Hardcover: 200 pages
- Publisher: University of Texas Press (25 May 1972)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0292707010
- ISBN-13: 978-0292707016
- Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,316,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Black-man of Zinacantan Hardcover – 25 May 1972
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Deviant women have a place of honour among the H'ikaletik (plural of H'ikal) the characotel is in general a woman that transforms into a goat and lives her husband at night to go hunting. This until her husband finds out and cooks her.Read more ›
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This study is concerned with a structural analysis of the Black-Man legends, and legends of other supernatural beings; as such it is anthropological criticism more than folklore or even Mayan studies. The stories themselves are a delight; the structural analysis feels dated and a bit stretched but is interesting in places. If you want to learn more about Mayan folklore and stories and have all the basic books (Mayan Folktales, Maya Folktales from the Alta Verapaz, Heart of Heaven Heart of Earth), this is a good one to add to the collection.
Deviant women have a place of honour among the H'ikaletik (plural of H'ikal) the characotel is in general a woman that transforms into a goat and lives her husband at night to go hunting. This until her husband finds out and cooks her. The xtabai has head hollow, back hollow and personifies one's sweet heart. Very dangerous!
The cadejo is usually a man and is a black dog, wait they have an invisible one, the smayol, and so many more. But the spook that is more respected in modern or ancient Central America is the H'ikal, Lord of the Earth? After the Twilight Saga on the movie theaters is difficult to understand this fearful respect. A really fun book! The lack of Internet information about all these Central American spooks was remarkable. A blind spot? Something to work one.