ERIC Number: ED169785
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Of Wonders Wild and New: Dreams from Zinacantan. Smithsonian Contributions to Anthropology, No. 22.
Laughlin, Robert M.
This collection of 260 dream texts from Zinacantan, Chiapas, Mexico, is an English translation of the original texts recorded in the Tzotzil (Mayan) language. The introduction discusses dreams as a centrally important, but much neglected aspect of Middle American cultures. The dreams of eleven Zinacantecs, two of whom were shamans, are included. Dreams are ascribed considerable importance by the Zinacantecs, who see them not merely as portents of future events, but as actual, present encounters of the individual's soul, both in its contest with the souls of hostile humans and in communication with the deities. Over one hundred dream motifs are given standard interpretations by the Zinacantecs, who modify them to fit personal situations. The dreams are accompanied by ethnographic commentary. (Author/NCR)
Descriptors: American Indian Languages, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Background, Cultural Enrichment, Cultural Images, Cultural Traits, Dreams, Ethnography, Ethnology, Folk Culture, Mayan Languages, Mexicans, Social Influences, Sociocultural Patterns, Tzotzil
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Publication Type: Creative Works
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.
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