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Juan Reyes Gomez


Dr. J.C. Reyes Gomez
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  • Licenciatura in Linguistics, Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia (ENAH), Mexico city. (1985-1989)
  • MA: Linguistics of the Americas. Centro de Investigación y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS), Mexico city (1993-1994).

Professional experience

Research and teaching of numerous courses, workshops and lectures on linguistics in general, as well as on the Mixe (Ayuuk) language and oral literature.

  • Docent Linguistics at the Escuela Normal Bilingüe Intercultural de Oaxaca (2000-2005)

  • Academic Coordinator Language and Culture , Colegio Superior para la Educación Integral Intercultural de Oaxaca (2003-2004)

  • Academic Coordinator, Centro de Estudios Ayuuk, Universidad Indígena Intercultural Ayuuk (2005-2006)

  • Coordinator of the Academy of Language and Communication in the Colegio Superior para la Educación Integral Intercultural de Oaxaca (2007 - present).

PhD research: Time, Religion and Sacred Discourses in the Ayuuk People 
(Oaxaca, Mexico)

At present: PhD candidate in the project 'Time in Intercultural Context: The Indigenous Calendars of Mexico and Guatemala' (directed by Prof. Dr. Maarten E.R.G.N. Jansen, carried out at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University, with the financial support of ERC Advanced Grant No: 295434).

The PhD research focuses on the documentation and analysis of Ayuuk (Mixe) narratives and ceremonial discourse, related to the Mesoamerican calendar and divination.

The main purpose of this project is to describe the conceptualization of space and time in the Ayuuk culture, which is associated with the meteorological / astronomical phenomena, animal behavior and agricultural work. This in the wider context of a general understanding Ayuuk religion and ritualism. One of the aims is to compare the present-day traditional worldview with the symbolism of the precolonial Mesoamerican codices.

Guest Staff Member

  • Faculteit Archeologie
  • Archaeological Heritage
  • Heritage of Indigenous Peoples

Work address

Van Steenis Building
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number flex



  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics

Work address

P.N. van Eyckhof 2
2311 BV Leiden



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