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During the height of the Guatemalan civil war, Tomás Guzaro, a Mayan evangelical pastor, led more than two hundred fellow Mayas out of guerrilla-controlled Ixil territory and into the relative safety of the government army’s hands. This exodus was one of the factors that caused the guerrillas to lose their grip on the Ixil, thus hastening the return of peace to the area. In Escaping the Fire, Guzaro relates the hardships common to most Mayas and the resulting unrest that opened the door to civil war. He details the Guatemalan army’s atrocities while also describing the Guerrilla Army of the Poor’s rise to power in Ixil country, which resulted in limited religious freedom, murdered church leaders, and threatened congregations. His story climaxes with the harrowing vision that induced him to guide his people out of their war-torn homeland. Guzaro also provides an intimate look at his spiritual pilgrimage through all three of Guatemala’s main religions. The son of a Mayan priest, formerly a leader in the Catholic Church, and finally a convert to Protestantism, Guzaro, in detailing his religious life, offers insight into the widespread shift toward Protestantism in Latin America over the past four decades. Riveting and highly personal, Escaping the Fire ultimately provides a counterpoint to the usual interpretation of indigenous agency during the Guatemalan civil war by documenting the little-studied experiences of Protestants living in guerrilla-held territory.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Maps
  2. p. ix
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 18-21
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  1. Chapter One. Exodus: August 1982
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. Chapter Two. Son of a Mayan Priest: 1960s
  2. pp. 12-27
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  1. Chapter Three. Catholicism in Ixil Country: Late 1960s–Mid-1970s
  2. pp. 28-38
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  1. Chapter Four. The Curse: 1975-1976
  2. pp. 39-48
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  1. Chapter Five. Conflict of Cultures: October 1976-1977
  2. pp. 49-56
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  1. Chapter Six. Reconciliation: 1977-1978
  2. pp. 57-68
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  1. Chapter Seven. Protestant Growth and the Guerrilla Takeover: February-September 1979
  2. pp. 69-78
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  1. Chapter Eight. Between Two Fires: October 1979-August 1980
  2. pp. 79-88
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  1. Chapter Nine. Targeting the Evang
  2. pp. 89-97
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  1. Chapter Ten. Given a Little More Time: September-December 1980
  2. pp. 98-107
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  1. Chapter Eleven. Narrow Escapes: January 1981-February 1982
  2. pp. 108-120
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  1. Chapter Twelve. Desperate for a Way Out: February-July 1982
  2. pp. 121-132
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  1. Chapter Thirteen. The Vision: July-August 1982
  2. pp. 133-142
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  1. Chapter Fourteen. Escaping the Fire: August 3-4, 1982
  2. pp. 143-151
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  1. Chapter Fifteen. A Taste of Freedom: August 1982
  2. pp. 152-164
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  1. Chapter Sixteen. Life in a Refugee Village: September 1982-May 1983
  2. pp. 165-178
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  1. Chapter Seventeen. Lifting Up Ixil Country: June 1983-2009
  2. pp. 179-193
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  1. Afterword. Tom
  2. pp. 194-204
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 205-207
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 209-215
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  1. References and Further Reading
  2. pp. 217-219
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 221-224
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780292792999
Related ISBN
9780292721364
MARC Record
OCLC
660138893
Pages
244
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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