Guatemala—Paradise Lost: The Journey Away from the Land of Eternal Spring

  • Diane EstradaEmail author
  • Qiana Torres Flores
Part of the International and Cultural Psychology book series (ICUP)


This chapter explores the history, resilience, and colonization of the Maya people in Guatemala. It provides a historical and present context for understanding the difficult choices and journey Maya migrants make away from the land of eternal spring (Guatemala) to the land of promise (the United States). Barriers and supports to successful migration and good mental health are presented.


Maya Mayan Ladino Civil war Femicide Roberta Menchu Indigenous 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Colorado DenverDenverUSA

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