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Developing DestiniesA Mayan Midwife and Town$
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Barbara Rogoff

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195319903

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195319903.001.0001

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Paper with a mouth, recounting the developing destinies of an iyoom and her community

Paper with a mouth, recounting the developing destinies of an iyoom and her community

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Developing Destinies
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Barbara Rogoff (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195319903.003.0045

Ushering babies into this world is the sacred work of a Mayan midwife (“iyoom”). The divine selection of an individual for this work is indicated by a sign at her birth. However, fewer sacred midwives are taking up this calling, which worries the sacred midwives of San Pedro. Chona's interest in setting her life and work down on paper is to preserve the ancient wisdom that is in danger of being lost. Over the years, this account expanded to include childrearing more generally, and how some cultural practices have changed and some have been sustained over more than 80 years. Many changes relate to increased communication with people of other backgrounds, of other places—including researchers. The sources of information for the book include accounts by Chona and her family, Barbara's decades of research and participation in the community, and notes and writings of Lois and Ben Paul and other scholars.

Keywords:   midwives, culture contact, culture change, communication, Lois and Ben Paul

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