Now We Are Civilized: A Study of the World View of the Zapotec Indians of Mitla, Oaxaca

Now We Are Civilized: A Study of the World View of the Zapotec Indians of Mitla, Oaxaca

Now We Are Civilized: A Study of the World View of the Zapotec Indians of Mitla, Oaxaca

Now We Are Civilized: A Study of the World View of the Zapotec Indians of Mitla, Oaxaca

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Robert Redfield has defined world view as "an arrangement of things looked out upon, things in the first instance conceived of as existing. It is the way the limits or 'illimits,' the things to be lived with, in, or on, are characteristically known." As Redfield observed, the concept of world view is one of those inclusive concepts, like that of culture, or ethos, or national character, which refer to "aspects of the totality of group character." Further:

World view does not start from any choice of a particular segment of cultural life. It does not emphasize economy or personality or even ethos, system of moral norms. It enters seriously into the possibility of devising a form of thought for general use of the real whole of the little community that awaits the insider's total vision and conception of everything.

This is so much more than what we have accomplished that our subtitle might better be "Studies in the World View of the Zapotec Indians of Mitla, Oaxaca," or, abandoning the term "world view" altogether, "A Study of the Zapotec Indians. . . ." Yet our purpose in going to Mitla was to learn about the world view of the townspeople, and what we have written is a record of our more significant findings.

There were aspects of "the insider's total vision and conception of everything," which we learned very little about. For example, we sup-

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