The End of Days: Climate Change, Mythistory, and Cosmological Notions of Regeneration

  • Stefan PermantoEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Anthropology of Sustainability book series (PSAS)


Climate change constitutes the greatest threat to humanity today and earth scientists suggest that one of the main causes behind it is anthropogenic. Contrasting this notion many Q’eqchi’ people would most likely argue that climate change is instead caused by a lack of anthropogenic deeds. For the Q’eqchi’ people in Guatemala and Belize an eventual “end of the world” scenario comes as a result of a disturbance in the cosmic equilibrium ideally upheld by the reciprocal relationship between human and non-human beings. This chapter contributes to the quite recent anthropological involvement in the debate concerning how we should understand and approach climate change and the concept of the Anthropocene and as such it falls in line with those that take indigenous understandings of culture and nature as serious and highly relevant alternatives in the struggle to mitigate climate changes.


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  1. 1.School of Global StudiesUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

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