The Disobedience of the Daughter of the Sun
The Disobedience of the Daughter of the Sun:
A Mayan Tale of Ecstasy, Time, and Finding One’s True Form
For those hoping to live a life spiritually rooted in the Earth, or for those already in love with the teaching of Martín Prechtel, this intriguing book is a back pocket manifesto.
Dedicated to keeping alive the splendor of Indigenous thinking, Prechtel enchants the English language into carrying many of the original nuances of this nearly extinct Guatemalan Mayan tale. To make his beautiful retelling into a healing story for the modern reader, Prechtel revives a Tzutujil Mayan village style of learning, which calls for uncovering five additional layers of the story and diving with the reader deep into its aborginal richness, to bring to the surface all that is poignantly relevant to the reader’s life and the present situation of the world.
The Disobedience of the Daughter of the Sun glides unhindered past the mental alarm system of the religious rightness, market-place numbness and pop culture cynicism to land like a magical bird on the secret window of our forgotten thirsty hearts, where singing a tale of water it makes medicine for our unbelieving, self-destructive age.
“Most old folks say this all happened long ago, like twenty thousand years past, while others, just as old, will argue that it was more like two thousand years ago. There were white-haired, street corner mystics who would shake their polished canes, certain that none of it had happened at all, but was on the verge of coming true at any moment….” — excerpt from The Disobedience of the Daughter of the Sun
“A superbly written work. Perhaps most remarkable is the luminous eloquence of Prechtel’s language—the book is written in a style worthy of the reverence accorded by most oral peoples to the beauty of living language. That so many experiences and insights rooted in indigenous, participatory, oral modes of awareness managed to be translated onto the written page, without losing their ancestral wildness, is something of a wonder. It’s a landmark text, a kind of talisman filled with clues for those working on behalf of the wild, more-than-human earth. Don’t miss it.”
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Paperback – with autograph, Paperback – no autograph