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Long Life, Honey In The Heart

A Story of Initiation and Eloquence from the Shores of a Mayan Lake
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
North Atlantic
 | 
October, 2004
ISBN:
9781556435386
Quantity: 
2
$21.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

This stand-alone memoir continues Martín Prechtel’s story and explores—rich with the subtle intelligence and sophistication of Mayan culture—the Tzutujil Mayan concept of initiation and its relevance to our contemporary world.

In Secrets of the Talking Jaguar, Martín Prechtel told of his 14 years as a shaman in the ancient Mayan village of Santiago Atitlán. Now he continues his story, describing his role as village chief and initiator and examining the complexity of the Mayan religious and social universe against a backdrop of political and social intrigue. This heady mix of magic, humour, and spirituality immerses the reader in the experiences of Mayan birth, courting, marriage, childrearing, old age, death, and beyond, using the true story of Prechtel’s own family and friends.

During the period in which this book is set (1980s), Guatemala was in the midst of a brutal civil war. Prechtel’s coming-of-age memoir relates his personal experience of the war, describing how Guatemala’s ruling government outlawed the thousand-year-old traditional rites of the Maya, leading to the dissolution of Santiago Atitlán and ultimately forcing Prechtel to flee the country in fear for his life.

It’s an amazing tale—and Prechtel is a spellbinding storyteller. His writing has been acclaimed as “colorful and revelatory in its insights... leagues beyond any ethnography I’ve ever read” (Common Boundary). At once a page-turner and a profound work of cultural anthropology, Long Life, Honey in the Heart makes a lasting contribution to our understanding of one of humankind’s most significant ancient civilizations.

“The Mayan gods, who hold eloquence above all else, must surely be pleased with this soul, who in this lifetime is named Martín Prechtel.” —Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Also by Martín Prechtel is The Toe Bone and the Tooth.

Publisher’s Description: 

Martn Prechtel continues the narrative of his unique life in Santiago, Atitlan in Long Life, Honey in the Heart, an eloquent memoir replete with the subtle intelligence and sophistication of Mayan culture. Set against the dramatic backdrop of Guatemala's political upheaval in the 1980s, this heady mix of magic, humor, and spirituality immerses the reader in the experiences of Mayan birth, courting, marriage, childrearing, old age, death, and beyond, using the true story of Prechtel's own family and friends."In Secrets of the Talking Jaguar the author told of his 14 years as a shaman in an ancient Mayan village. This stand-alone sequel examines the complexity of the Mayan religious and social universe in the midst of the Guatemalan civil war of the 1970s. Ultimately the thousand-year-old traditional rites of the Maya were outlawed and like many others, he was forced to flee the country.

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