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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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Traditions and transformations

Traditions and transformations

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(p.280) 13 Traditions and transformations
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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/9780195319903.003.0143

Prior generations shape the destinies of exemplary individuals such as Chona, as well as of individuals of less renown. At the same time, individuals and generations transform the cultural practices of their communities. In making everyday choices, living lives, people make use of some practices inherited from prior generations, thereby preserving them. They also reject or transform some practices, leaving a changed legacy for the next generation. Chona hopes that this book helps to maintain the wisdom that she inherited across centuries of Mayan life; at the same time, the changes she introduced are also part of the cultural practices she brings to the future. At each moment in history, to the extent that current and future generations participate in and adapt the practices left to them, such as those of sacred Mayan midwives, the practices live on and transform.

Keywords:   individual, community, practices, generations, midwife, transformation

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