Choices Faced by Catholic Maya in a Turbulent Society

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:
Choices Faced by Catholic Maya in a Turbulent Society

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This chapter describes different paths chosen by Maya Catholics as they sought to establish their identity in the confusion of the war and the postwar period. It took place during a half century of their communities losing their isolation and becoming involved in a market economy and the national society dominated by ladino culture. These experiences made the Maya aware of a multiplicity of religious and other worldviews as well as their ability to choose among them. Some have dropped their identity as Maya and become ladinos. Some have joined congregations of traditional Protestant denominations or other religious groups. Many more have chosen to become charismatics, joining Pentecostal or Catholic charismatic churches. Some have sought a return to traditional Maya culture in the Pan-Maya movement.

Keywords: ladinization; Protestant denominations; Pentecostal churches; Catholic charismatics; Pan-Maya movement

Chapter.  5123 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology

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