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Terror in the Land of the Holy Spirit: Guatemala Under General Efrain Rios Montt, 1982-1983

Virginia Garrard-Burnett


This work discusses the period now known in Guatemala as la violencia, when the military government under General Efraín Ríos Montt (1982–1983) prosecuted a scorched‐earth campaign against the Mayan people in the name of anticommunism. Although tens of thousands of people died in the “Mayan holocaust,” Ríos Montt was, and is, a born‐again Pentecostal, a fact that would seem to be at odds with the atrocities that took place on his watch. This book explicates the narrative of what happened during this period of history and seeks to explore some larger and more universal themes, such as issues of ... More

Keywords: communities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195379648
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379648.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Virginia Garrard-Burnett, author
University of Texas, Austin
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