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Oapan Nawa Folktales: Links to the pre-Hispanic Past in a Contemporary Indian Community of Mexico.

Michel de Guerrero, Joanne (2011) Oapan Nawa Folktales: Links to the pre-Hispanic Past in a Contemporary Indian Community of Mexico. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This is a study of folktales, referred to by the people as cuentos (stories), from the town of San Agustín Oapan in the state of Guerrero, Mexico. The study takes a close look at the function of folktales in the contemporary Indian community and how it compares to the function of myths in the pre-Hispanic past, explains why there was a decline from mythology to folklore, why the folktales are syncretic entities, and why there are similarities and differences found among them; including in their themes. It also looks to understand why the same folktales are not told among different families, examines the linguistic framing and performance of the folktales, determines their cultural relevance to the contemporary Indian community, and explains what they say about the indigenous way of life in Mexico. Folktales from six different Oapanec families were collected in Oapan Nawa and Spanish, translated into English, and examined. Oapan folktales are unique because they are not shared between families, but do contain common themes. Some of the folktales illustrate, through there overlapping themes, characteristics of European fables which are a direct reflection of contact with the Spaniards and their religion (Catholicism), while maintaining certain aspects of the pre-Hispanic mythological tradition. The goal of the study was to determine what if any specific links, cultural or religious, the contemporary Oapanec folktales have to pre-Hispanic Mexica-Tenochca mythology from before and up to the early 16th century.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Michel de Guerrero,
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairNutini, Hugo G
Committee CoChairStrathern, Andrew J
Committee MemberAlter, Joseph S
Committee MemberKaufman, Terrence
Date: 30 January 2011
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 20 October 2010
Approval Date: 30 January 2011
Submission Date: 1 December 2010
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Anthropology
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aztec; cultural anthropology; folklore; Mexico; Nahuatl; folktales; Mesoamerica
Other ID:, etd-12012010-081338
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:07
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:52


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