Chiapas: The Role of the Maya in the Worldview of the Zapatista Insurgency

John D. Early

in Maya and Catholic Cultures in Crisis

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780813040134
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813043838 | DOI:
Chiapas: The Role of the Maya in the Worldview of the Zapatista Insurgency

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This chapter examines some events leading up to the Chiapas insurgency and church's role in them. It examines the corruption of the Mexican government and its Partido Revolucionario Institucional. In reaction there was an influx of Marxian leftist groups into Chiapas as a remote region where they could establish leftist military forces. They infiltrated Catholic Action communities and won over some catechists and pastoral workers. Eventually the Forces of National Liberation (FLN) led by Subcomandante Marcos established itself as an armed revolutionary group, the Emiliano Zapata Army of National Liberation (EZLN), and organized the Zapatista insurrection. It failed partially due to the efforts of Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia.

Keywords: Partido Revolucionario Institucional; Mexican leftists; Forces of National Liberation (FLN); Zapatista Insurrection; Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia; Subcomandante Marcos

Chapter.  8348 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology

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