A stunning collection of thirty-five folktales from Guatemala which transport the reader to the haunting stories of witches and shamans, spiritualists and apies, Naguales, or persons who have the power to change into animal forms and devils. These stories are educational, instructive, mysterious, wise and sometimes simply funny.
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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. "The collection serves splendidly the purpose of a wide variety of readers. All levels." --Choice "A delightful collection by the eminent anthropologist and his Mayan collaborator. Written in an oral style, filled with ancient wisdom." --NACLA Report on the Americas Editor and translator James D. Sexton is a professor of anthropology and Regent's Professor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.
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James D. Sexton is Regents' Professor of anthropology at Northern Arizona University and is the author of many articles and books on cultural change in Guatemala's highland communities.
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