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Augustín discusses how God is perceived as a patrón en absentia, referring to the supreme deity as an individual who owns a finca in the countryside but who resides in the capital. This perception implies abundant wealth since all capitalaños, like all foreigners, are believed to be well-to-do. That God is intangible and invisible is also vital to understanding the relationship between Q’eqchi’ and outsiders. Vision maintains the power of patrons. Absentee landowners, like God, are not viewable, but they have eyes in their intermediaries, means to oversee the workings of their fincas. 
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