Mayan Folktales: Folklore from Lake Atitlan, Guatemala (Hardback)James D. Sexton (editor,translator)
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This collection of folklore offers a rich and lively panorama of Mayan mythic heritage. Here are everyday tales of village life; legends of witches, shamans, spiritualists, tricksters, and devils; fables of naguales, or persons who can change into animal forms; ribald stories of love and life; cautionary tales of strange and menacing neighbors and of the danger lurking within the human heart. These legends narrate origin and creation stories, explain the natural world, and reinforce cultural beliefs and values such as honesty, industriousness, sharing, fairness, and cleverness. Whether tragic or comic, fantastic or earthy, whimsical or profound, these tales capture the mystery, fragility, and power of the Mayan world.
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Number of pages: 302
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 240 x 156 x 21 mm
The collection serves splendidly the purpose of a wide variety of readers.
A delightful collection by the eminent anthropologist and his Mayan collaborator. Written in an oral style, filled with ancient wisdom.
. . . a colorful mlange of myths . . . Sextons collection reveals an enlightening picture of native Guatemalan culture . . . It provides valuable information on diverse aspects of the culture of Lake Atitlan.
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