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In Balancing the World, the writer illuminates what an ajq’ij, or «daykeeper», is through proposing fabric he accrued in a chain of interviews with practitioners of Maya spirituality. often categorised as Maya clergymen, shamans, non secular courses, or maybe witches, the boys and girls known as ajq’ijab do various paintings to aid their viewers, their ancestors, the spirits and the realm itself. 9 interviewees from the Quetzaltenango region within the Guatemalan highlands inform approximately how they treatment and dodge disease, practice divinations, converse with the ancestors and do their half in balancing the realm. such a lot of them agree that they've been selected for this accountability and so they see it as either a present and a burden.

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