Maya Wars: Ethnographic Accounts from Nineteenth-Century by Terry Rugeley

By Terry Rugeley

The 1st selection of files dedicated completely to the nineteenth-century Yucatec Mayas. This compilation contains writings by way of monks, missionaries, Hispanic officers and armed forces officials, overseas tourists and explorers, and the Mayas themselves. It follows the Mayas throughout the early nationwide republic, the upheavals of the mid-century Caste warfare (1847-1901), the short-lived interval of French Imperialism (1864-1867), and the repressive monoculture of the century's final 20 years.

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The following text provides a selection of four brief documents that capture the repúblicas in some of their more representative activities. MEASURING LAND BOUNDARIES In the first of these four selections, we find the república of Uayma carrying out one of its most important tasks: supervising a boundary survey intended to mark the line separating village communal lands from nearby commercial properties. The stone markers to which the república refers are known in Spanish as mojoneros and in Maya as multuno’ob.

38 The Prewar Years every word of the frustrated suitor. This matter of expressing their desires has something candid and modest, which has always seemed to me preferable to the refinements of seduction used by lovers in civilized countries. Because the greater part of the Indians and the women of the villages go barefoot on good roads, carrying their sandals (alpargatas) to reserve for use in the cities, it happens that here they acquire an extraordinary dexterity in the use of their feet. The women never stoop to recover something that has fallen to the floor; with their toes they can pick up fruit, a piece of firewood, and even a coin, while they carry a full basket over their heads.

Several Spanish-language versions of this text are available, the most important being the 1845 version that appeared in El registro yucateco, 165–78. In 1989, in La revista de la Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán 168: 52–63, Rodolfo Ruz Menéndez published a corrected and more complete version based on his access to copies of the original document from the Archivo General de las Indias in Spain. My translation follows the Menéndez version. 2. , “Report on the Maya Indians of Yucatan,” Indian Notes and Monographs 9, no.

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