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LARA MARTINEZ, Carlos Benjamín. Ritual and Remembrance: The XIX Anniversary of the Repopulation of the Municipality of San Antonio De Los Ranchos, El Salvador. Rev. pueblos front. digit. [online]. 2014, vol.9, n.18, pp.19-34. ISSN 1870-4115.

This article analyzes the XIX Anniversary of the Repopulation of San Antonio de Los Ranchos as a political ritual related with beings and forces of human society, through which the historical memory become evident. Following the tenets of Turner on ritual, and Bakhtin, it is proposed that these rituals create and recreate social values and norms that are in debate and struggle with «the others». It is hypothesized that even when there were differences in social power within San Antonio de Los Ranchos its population was unified against the advocates of the dominant capitalist society settled outside of the municipality. It is then concluded that this ritual communicates a set of values that guides such social subjects to build a more cohesive society, equitable and participatory. However, this guidance is a utopian vision.

Keywords : ritual; historical memory; threshold; civil war; FMLN.

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