Secrets of the talking jaguar

Full Title Secrets of the talking jaguar
ISBN 0874779006
ISBN13 9780874779004
Publisher New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher, c1998.
Authors Martin Prechtel
Overview This powerful memoir of an American who was adopted by a shaman and allowed to study the secrets of a Tzutujil Mayan village in deepest Guatemala offers readers a privileged and rare glimpse into [the village's] complex and spiritually rich life. (Rocky Mountain News)

Twenty-five years ago, a young musician and painter named Mart'n Prechtel wandered through the brilliant landscapes of Mexico and Guatemala. Arriving at Santiago Atitlan, a Tzutujil Mayan village on the breathtaking shores of Lake Atitlan, Prechtel met Nicolas Chiviliu Tacaxoy--perhaps the most famous shaman in Tzutujil history--who believed Prechtel was the new student he had asked the gods to provide. For the next thirteen years, Prechtel studied the ancient Tzutujil culture and became a village chief and a famous shaman in his own right.

In Secrets of the Talking Jaguar, Prechtel brings to vivid life the sights, sounds, scents, and colors of Santiago Atitlan: its magical personalities, its beauty, its material poverty and spiritual richness, its eight-hundred-year-old rituals juxtaposed with quintessential small-town gossip. The story of his education is a tale filled with enchantment, danger, passion, and hope.

The picture [Prechtel] creates of idyllic Indian life is so beautifully drawn that his delight in their culture becomes contagious, as does his grief when civil war creates havoc in their village. --Publishers Weekly
Dimensions 6.28 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.02 (d)
Subjects Native & Indigenous History - Mesoamerica
Witchcraft and Magic
General & Miscellaneous Biography
Alternative Spirituality
Native Mesoamerican People
Religion around the World


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