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Annihilating DifferenceThe Anthropology of Genocide$
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Alexander Laban Hinton

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520230286

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520230286.001.0001

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Terror, Grief, and Recovery: Genocidal Trauma in a Mayan Village in Guatemala

Terror, Grief, and Recovery: Genocidal Trauma in a Mayan Village in Guatemala

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(p.292) 11 Terror, Grief, and Recovery: Genocidal Trauma in a Mayan Village in Guatemala
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Annihilating Difference
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Beatriz Manz

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520230286.003.0011

This chapter discusses how the victims of genocide cope with trauma. According to a 1999 report of the Commission for Historical Clarification, the Mayan population of Guatemala was the target of a genocidal campaign from 1981 to 1983. This campaign included more than six hundred massacres that were carried out mostly by Guatemalan troops. This chapter focuses on Santa Maria Tzejá, a Mayan village where 344 massacres occurred. It tries to determine how people cope with such ordeals and a life that is spent in a climate of terror and fear.

Keywords:   trauma, genocide victims, Mayan population, genocidal campaign, Santa Maria Tzejá, terror and fear, massacres

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