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Revista pueblos y fronteras digital

versión On-line ISSN 1870-4115

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PAGE PLIEGO, Jaime Tomás. Suffering from «Sugar» due to Ak’chamel (An Evil Spell) within the Framework of a Wide Cosmological Horizon: Two Cases in Tenejapa, Chiapas. Rev. pueblos front. digit. [online]. 2017, vol.12, n.23, pp.99-125. ISSN 1870-4115.  http://dx.doi.org/10.22201/cimsur.18704115e.2017.23.289.

Based on interviews made with people suffering diabetes from three different locations in the Chiapas Highlands (los Altos de Chiapas) and follow-up cases, this paper makes reference to the subjectivity expressed by two women who believed that their «sugar» ailment had been caused by ak’chamel (an evil spell). The cases were selected among 16 Tseltal women with diabetes from the municipal head of Tenejapa, Chiapas State. Aged over 45, they are monolingual and illiterate; the causal association is based on certain features appearing in their dreams together with specific life conditions characterized by ongoing violence, or specific signs and symptoms.

Palabras llave : diabetes; evil spell; subjectivity.

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