Center for Latin American Studies First Friday Series:
Prayer Specialists: The Devotions of the Motiochihuanih in Chicontepec
This talk seeks to show and discuss my current dissertation project related to the Nahua culture, from Chicontepec located in the north of Veracruz, Mexico, known as huasteca veracruzana. The collection of data is the result of Nahuatl interviews from several ethnographic research in a Nahua small town from 2014 until 2020 and is analyzed from an anthropological perspective. In Huasteca Veracruzana, there is a select group of people known in Nahuatl as motiochihuanih whose main labor is to pray Christian prayers and to carry out several rituals associated to the local religion called ‘el costumbre’ specially when one inhabitant passes away. In this presentation, I will highlight opinions and expertise from four prayer specialists, related to their contact and experience with the Catholic church since 1980 until now.