Protestantism and modernization in two Guatemalan towns


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Qualitative and quantitative data are used to analyze Protestantism and modernization in two differentially developed and exposed towns lying on opposite shores of Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. San Juan, the less developed and relatively isolated town, is inhabited predominantly by Tzutuhil Maya; Panajachel, the more developed and exposed town is inhabited by mainly Cakchiquel Maya but includes about one‐third Ladinos. Reasons are sought for the growing number of converts to Protestantism despite the dominance of Catholicism. Differences between Catholics and Protestants in both towns are examined with respect to: (1) social and economic variables, (2) traditional and modern variables, (3) psychological variables, and (4) environmental variables. 1978 American Anthropological Association

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)280-302
Number of pages23
JournalAmerican Ethnologist
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1978

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  • Anthropology


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