K'iche' - Sociopolitical Organization



Organization within the villages is subject to the prevailing civil-religious hierarchy. Municipal government offices are filled by the members of the community. Individuals are able to build status within the community based on the positions they have been able to fill.

Social and religious life are organized in the same manner. In every community, there are a number of religious brotherhoods, called cofradías. Each of these has its own set of offices, and these are filled on a rotational basis by members of the cofradía. Those serving in the office of mayordomo are responsible for sponsoring the various fiestas and religious events that occur during the period of their office.


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