Confidencias de un Senderista

Governments sometimes produce comic books for propaganda or educational purposes. "Confidencias de un Senderista" is an example of this genre. (According to Google Translate, that means "Confessions of a Hiker"). It was a 37-page comic book produced by the Peruvian government in 1989 and handed out in shantytowns around Lima in order to inform people about the violent tactics of the Shining Path. Reportedly the comic book met with "mixed reactions."

If you read Spanish, you can check out the entire comic book over at

     Posted By: Alex - Thu May 02, 2013
     Category: Government | Comics | 1980s

@Alex, Senderista,In this context is used to refer to a follower of the movement. Not a "hiker" :lol: "The common name of this group, Shining Path, distinguishes it from several other Peruvian communist parties with similar names (see Communism in Peru). The name is derived from a maxim of José Carlos Mariátegui, founder of the original Peruvian Communist Party in the 1920s: "El Marxismo-Leninismo abrirá el sendero luminoso hacia la revolución" ("Marxism–Leninism will open the shining path to revolution").[3]

This maxim was featured in the masthead of the newspaper of a Shining Path front group. Peruvian communist groups are often distinguished by the names of their publications. The followers of this group are generally called senderistas." The quote is from your wiki link.
Posted by Tyrusguy on 05/02/13 at 11:05 AM
A "comic book" fits right in as a story telling medium for the semi-literate. That's not an insult to the natives.

I remember that the U.S. was not to be outdone in this arena - the CIA was accused of publishing a subversives handbook for the anti-Sandinista crowd in Nicaragua in the early '80's.
Posted by KDP on 05/02/13 at 11:39 AM
Pretty nasty storyline there with the decapitation and all.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 05/02/13 at 07:55 PM the deepest, darkest jungles of Peru.
Posted by EvilSpaceLordMang on 05/03/13 at 03:00 PM
There was a young man in a canoe...
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 05/03/13 at 11:35 PM
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