I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala
Her story reflects the experiences common to many Indian communities in Latin America today. Rigoberta suffered gross injustice and hardship in her early life: her brother, father and mother were murdered by the Guatemalan military. She learned Spanish and turned to catechist work as an expression of political revolt as well as religious commitment. The anthropologist Elisabeth Burgos-Debray, herself a Latin American woman, conducted a series of interviews with Rigoberta Menchu. The result is a book unique in contemporary literature which records the detail of everyday Indian life. Rigoberta’s gift for striking expression vividly conveys both the religious and superstitious beliefs of her community and her personal response to feminist and socialist ideas. Above all, these pages are illuminated by the enduring courage and passionate sense of justice of an extraordinary woman.
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Lime is sacred. It strengthens the child's bones. I believe this really is true. It gives
a child strength to face the world. The mother has a bath in the temascal and puts
on clean clothes. Then, the whole house is cleaned. The child is also washed ...
The idea that water is sacred is in us children, and we never stop thinking of it as
something pure. The same goes for the earth. Our parents tell us: 'Children, the
earth is the mother of man, because she gives him food.' This is especially true ...
For us Indians, each tamal represents a sacred day. We count the days that we
ask the earth's permission to sow our crops, the eight sacred days a baby is with
his mother, the sacred days of our fiestas and the ceremonies throughout a
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And that's when my consciousness was born" By sally tarbox on 22 December 2017 Format: Kindle Edition The autobiography of a young Guatemalan peasant woman who went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize ... Ανάγνωση ολόκληρης της κριτικής
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This was an interesting autobiography, or testimonial as Rigoberta calls it, but hard to read. The writing style is rather monotonous. In addition, the book is rather mired in controversy, ever since ... Ανάγνωση ολόκληρης της κριτικής
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