Individual Author Record
Name: Benjamin Nick ColbyPen Name: None Genre: Non-Fiction Other Born: 1931 in Evanston, Illinois Sites:
Illinois ConnectionBorn in Illinois.
Biographical and Professional InformationBenjamin colby is Professor Emeritus, in the Anthropology School of Social Sciences at the University of California.
Titles At Your Library
Ixil Country: A Plural Society in Highland Guatemala
ISBN: 0520015150 Univ of California Pr. 1969
The Daykeeper: The Life and Discourse of an Ixil Diviner
ISBN: 0674194098 Harvard University Press. 1981
The Daykeeper presents a unique view, of the life of a modern Mayan holy man--his religious beliefs and practices, his stories and folktales, his philosophy of living, his struggle for daily bread and peace of mind.
In the hands of Benjamin and Lore Colbythe daykeeper's testimony be comes an important vehicle for understanding a culture that is a direct descendant of the high Mayan civilization of the past.
The Colbys show that there are intelligible cultural principles that organize the daykeeper's methods of divination and guide his interpretation of dreams and his cures for the sick. There is also a clear cultural pattern underlying the stores he telIs and the morals that he draws from them. When these patterns are used to inform our perception of the daykeeper's experience of life, we gain a rich, understanding of the relation between culture and thought as well as a rare and privileged insight into the mind of a highly religious man.