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Bajo la sombra de la gran ceiba:la cosmovisión de los lacandones

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In contrast to other mayan groups such as tzeltales,choles and tojolabales who were withdrawn and forced to settle indifferent lands loosing many aspects oftheir social and cultural universe,the lacandones have remained attached totheir native jungle ofwhich they consider themselves the real men.Therefore their cosmogonic images retrieved fromtheir oral tradition represents a contemporary mayan cosmovision rooted in ancient ways ofthinking,aimed at repro-ducing the cultural identity ofthe group.Just as in other native mesoamerican cultures,the lacandona cultureexplains the world by the movement ofthe planets.The lacandones imagine the cosmos threatened by destruction andtherefore are obliged to maintain that equilibrium.