ETHNONYMS: Kekchí, K'ekchí


Although the patrilineal bond is important, there are no formal patrilineal descent groups. Kinship is traced bilaterally. Kinship terms emphasize generational differences, and cousins are considered marriageable.


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Under the heading 'Religion and expressive culture', there is a curious piece of information concerning a 'fertility ritual' preceding sowing. Could you indicate me the source of this information?

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