GLOSSARY
Ahijado (masculine) or ahijada (feminine); a godson or goddaughter.
Cabañuelas A weather forecasting system originating in Spain and adopted
in its colonies in which the weather on specific days of January is believed to
be reproduced in corresponding months of the year.
Cabecera The town that serves as an administrative center where the
governing bodies of a municipio are located and meet.
Cabildo An elected council, the governing body in a resguardo that exercises
leadership, resolves conflicts, and administers territory.
Cacique Originally a word in the Taíno language for the leader of an
indigenous community, it is now widely used to refer to a political boss with
broad local power and authority.
Comadre A ceremonial comother in the compadrazgo relationship.
Compadrazgo The coparent relationship. This lifelong relationship
between the parents and godparents of an individual may entail significant
responsibilities. In some cases, the relationship may be established as a means
to impose obligations and loyalty between people with differing interests.
Compadre A ceremonial cofather in the compadrazgo relationship.
Compañero A comrade or colleague, fellow participant in any activity; a word
often used by political and social activists to refer to fellow participants and
members of their communities of interest.
Corregimiento A subdivision of a municipio that may include several veredas
and one or more small villages or settlements, one of which serves as its
administrative center.
Inspección de policía An administrative subdivision of a municipio smaller
than a corregimiento. Despite the name, inspecciones bear no relation to the
National Police.
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