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Mayan Voices for Human Rights by Christine Kovic
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Aug 21, 11

bookshelves: history, current-events, theological
Read from August 10 to 21, 2011

While I have read lots of liberation theology, this book shows LT in action with indigenous Mayan Roman Catholics in the Chiapas region of southern Mexico. For 3-4 years the author lived with and interviewed members of the Guadeloupe community of displaced indigenous persons in San Cristobal. While at times the detail of her reporting of events and conversations is overwhelming, she does a good job of placing the situation in the broader context of Mexican politics and international neoliberal economics. What I appreciate most is to see the faith of the Mayans plays itself in the day to day struggle to assert the rights and dignity as persons in a context that continually dehumanizes them. While liberation theology is often portrayed as a Marxist plot to disrupt society, this book shows that liberation theology is faith in action in the everyday life of very ordinary, if oppressed, people
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