Zapotec Oral Literature: El Folklore de San Lorenzo Texmelucan, Folklore Texts in Mexican Indian Languages 4

Author(s):
Speck, Charles H., compiler
Description:

Written in English and Spanish, this collection of tales presents a small sampling of the oral literature of the Zapotec people who live in the municipality of San Lorenzo Texmelucan, located southwest of Oaxaca City in the district of Sola de Vega, Mexico. In order to make the tales accessible to the Zapotec people, the original Zapotec is included using the practical orthography of the area.

Thirteen folktales are presented, including one with a unique style in which a Zapotec poet communicates his worldview. In addition, one chapter is a collection of forty-six proverbs portraying Zapotec wisdom in short traditional expressions about life, vices, virtues, and human relationships. A cultural sketch highlights some of the patterns that characterize the people of San Lorenzo as a cultural unit.

Chuck Speck had an opportunity to spend considerable time living in San Lorenzo between 1972 and 1980 under the sponsorship of the Summer Institute of Linguistics, learning the language and the culture from the people of San Lorenzo. He collected much of the material for this project in partnership with a number of Zapotec people.

Table of Contents:

Preface
Prólogo
Introduction to Texmelucan Zapotec Culture

  1. The Seven Kinds of Rain
  2. Matlaziwa, the Mountain Fairy
  3. The Poisonous Tuber and a Young Man
  4. The Skunk Takes a Compadre
  5. Peter Deceives the King
  6. The Foolish Man
  7. Lucecita
  8. Cuerposulal
  9. The World of the Dead
  10. An Elderly Woman Discovers the Sun and the Moon
  11. Lovers
  12. The Vampire
  13. Zapotec Proverbs
  14. Ashes

Los Zapotecos de San Lorenzo Texmelucan
Appendix 1: The Archive
Apéndice 2: El archivo de español
Índice
References

$30.50
Date:
1998
Extent:
xviii, 234 pages
Subject:
Folklore, myth and legend
ISBN 13:
978-1556710582
ISBN 10:
1556710585
Size:
6 × 9 × 0.53 in
Weight:
0.8 lb
Publication Category:
Field:
Country:
Mexico
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