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ROMAN MONTES DE OCA, Erika. Rites and Cornfields in Amatlán de Quetzalcóatl, Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico. Relac. Estud. hist. soc. [online]. 2017, vol.38, n.151, pp.193-229. ISSN 2448-7554.

This article discusses the importance of rites, myths and traditions in relation to the continuity of corn production in Amatlán de Quetzalcóatl. The research methodology adopted was qualitative using the ethnographic method, complemented by a quantitative approach that consisted in applying 95 questionnaires to families in the community. The information gathered revealed that these farmers continue cultivating the land, not as a business but, rather, for reasons associated with their cultural identity, autonomy and, above all, alimentary security. The rites, myths, and festivities related to their cornfields generate friendships and help relax the tensions that can arise among community members during daily life. However, as the years pass, families participate in these traditions less and less often because their economic activity no longer centers only on agriculture, but also depends on sources of monetary income.

Keywords : identity; cornfields; rites; myths; traditions.

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