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The purpose of this thesis is to analyze the way in which Tzotzil women, as featured in the book of poems Conjuros y ebriedades, are renegotiating Mayan tradition to position themselves in the future in accord with the feminist ideals of the EZLN at the global, communal, and household levels. The focus of the global aspect is on the way in which the poets are appropriating the exotic rendition of the “ethnic” from the Western perspective to attract international attention. The chapter addressing the fact that these women are appealing to traditions within their community specifically discusses their identification with the land and social conventions regarding the institution of marriage. At the household level, the following chapter then continues with this presiding notion of matrimony and addresses the prevalence of domestic violence and its effects within the family.