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That the observe vinik 'does now not suggest individual . , . there isn't any notice during this litn9uage to claim "my individual" or "your individual" ... (it capability fairly) humans of ~ country, , , ,' Father Varea, who was once attracted to speaking Spanish conceptions of private accountability for on. e's salvation, proposed in its place to introduce the Spanish WOld ' character' In translations of Scripture, because the thought, lor instance, of ' 3 people in a single God' could pop out, if vinik have been used, as 'three peoples in a single god ', Vinik in Maya additionally capability 'twenty', There are twenty named days i"I the Mesoamerican calendar, every one of whiC h defines a component iculitr des Ii"", Des ti"", lor Mesoamerican peoples, encom passes pefJonality, vocation, Io rtune, and actual attributes, so accOfdIng to thi s Ideology there have been twenty easy varieties of individual, those t)-1)e5 supplement and aid each other, in order that 00 m ~ one day painters are born, on one other warriors, on one other midwives, a nd all twenty equivalent an entire human team - a vinik. What the Maya proposal ofvinik issues tothen is what we (all a relational mncept of the individual. In o ther phrases, perwnhood is nota prestige that clings to an Indl'o1dual individual yet is a few factor that's the estate of collectivities. moreover. If we expand our ex

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