When you can speak their language, you can observe the same mix of mental capacity as in other societies. They often live happy, fulfilled lives.
Cranleigh, England (PRWEB) March 11, 2013
With the publication of their new book “Solid Food is for Adults: A pioneering venture with Wycliffe in mountainous South-West Mexico” (published by AuthorHouse), authors Kitty and Leslie Pride bring to a close the narrative they began in their 1975 work “Bread is not Enough.”
In “Solid Food is for Adults,” the Prides detail more of the time they spent living among the Chatino people of Mexico, continuing the anthropological writing they first began decades ago. They remind readers that the Chatino subsistence farmers are as much human as anyone else, and recount their experiences bringing the Christian faith to these Mexican people as missionaries.
An excerpt from “Solid Food is for Adults”:
“And there were many disrupted, abnormal days after that, when but for Florida, there would have been no lunch until very late in the afternoon, especially when medical emergencies arose in Tataltepec.
Her very quick wit often left us floundering, as she mischieviously made puns on Chatino words to confuse us. For instance, the words ‘sheet’ and ‘cup’ differ only in the pitch of the voice, and are spelt the same. Kitty said, ‘Put the cups on the table while I make the drink,’ carefully saying ‘cup’ on the right note, she thought. Immediately the reply came, ‘Oh, but you can’t put coffee on the sheets!’”
“Tribal peoples are fully ‘people’ in every sense of the word,” the authors say. “When you can speak their language, you can observe the same mix of mental capacity as in other societies. They often live happy, fulfilled lives.”
“Solid Food is for Adults”
By Kitty and Leslie Pride
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 244 pages | ISBN 9781425983192
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
Kitty and Leslie Pride come from country areas in the southeast of England. Both of them have a deep appreciation of country ways. Kitty’s higher education was in scientific subjects like chemistry, botany and zoology, and Leslie studied history, geography and economics, with an M.A. in history.
Kitty had been drawn towards Mexico for several years, and Leslie was happy to follow and marry her there after he had completed college and two years of National Service as an infantryman in occupied Austria.
Kitty died in 2010. Leslie now lives in Surrey, but he still keeps in contact with many Wycliffe colleagues and some Chatino friends thanks to e-mail.
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