Vicente Pineda (1835–1895)
Historia de las sublevaciones indígenas habidas en el Estado de Chiapas. Gramática de la lengua Tzel-tal que habla la generalidad de los habitantes de los pueblos que quedan al oriente y al noreste del estado. Y diccionario de la misma
Chiapas: Tipografía del Gobierno, dirigida por J.J. Jiménez, 1888
This history of the indigenous uprisings in Chiapas was published with a grammar and dictionary of the Tzeltal language, spoken in the region. Chiapas, which had been part of Guatemala, was annexed to Mexico in 1824. This volume discusses four indigenous Chiapan sublevaciones, or uprisings, from the initial resistance to the Spanish invasion, to the revolt originating from events at Chamula in 1867, which came to be called the Chiapas Caste War of 1869.
According to Pineda, this Caste War—distinct from but with alleged aspects that resonate with the Yucatán Caste War—grew out of the worship of a clay figurine by a Maya peasant, Pedro Díaz Cuscat. The exact facts of the “war” have been difficult to establish, and recent scholarship suggests that the rebellion at Chamula was a complex series of events defying facile characterization. The alleged crucifixion of a young Maya boy on Easter Day 1869, central to many accounts, has also been called into question.
Presented by George E. and Melinda Y. Stuart
Rare Book Collection, Stuart PM4461 .P56 1888