The Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas

IJAL Text On-line


‘Prayer for the Community’
recited by Simón Zurita Cruz


[IJAL Texts On-Line, vol. 1, number 1, August 2015]


Hilaria Cruz

University of Kentucky


This text is a prayer in San Juan Quiahije Chatino (SJQ) recited by city hall officials and elders in their official capacity as representatives of the community. It was recited by Simón Zurita Cruz, a member of the elder’s council, at 5:00 a.m., on June 24, 2009, in the Catholic Church in San Juan Quiahije. The recording of this prayer took place as the event transpired. The recitation was performed in the presence of municipal officials, elders, and community members.


About IJAL Texts On-line


The IJAL Texts On-line series is dedicated to presenting individual analyzed texts from the indigenous languages of the Americas in digitized, world-accessible form. Published on an occasional basis, the series consists of interlinearized short- to medium-length texts paired with audio recordings and short commentary, as well as brief notes on the language itself. All contributions are peer-reviewed.



Proposals for submission of texts can be submitted to the Editorial office and should include a short abstract of the text, a indication of its length (number of lines), and a list of supplemental materials (maps, grammatical notes, etc.). There is no restriction as to subject matter, and texts from a variety of genres including myths, legends, rituals, and personal narratives are welcome. Where appropriate, contributors will be required to demonstrate that appropriate permissions for the publication of these materials have been obtained.

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Updated: October 6, 2015 — 12:36 pm

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