The Disobedience of the
Daughter of the Sun:
Ecstasy and Time

The Disobedience of the Daughter of the Sun: Ecstasy and Time: A Mayan Tale of Ecstasy, Time, and Finding One's True Form

— by Martin Prechtel

paperback ISBN 1-55643-600-9
publisher: North Atlantic Books

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.

164 pp 28 illus - Folklore, Storytelling, Deep Ecology, Narrative Commentary

cover art by author

1st Published: Nov.2001

ISBN 1-55643-600-9
publisher: North Atlantic Books
- $13.95

photo credit: Johanna Prechtel


Martin Prechtel's life, the well known subject of his previous books Secrets of the Talking Jaguar and Long Life, Honey in the Heart, took him from his native New Mexico upbringing as a half-blood, native American from a Pueblo Indian reservation to the village of Santiago Atitlan where he eventually served the Tzutujil Mayan population as a full village member becoming a principal in the body of village leaders, responsible for instructing the young people in the meanings of their ancient stories that took place in the rituals of adult rights of passage.

Martín once again resides in his native New Mexico where he is a writer, teacher, speaker, musician, and healer. Teaching internationally through story, music and writing, Martín helps people in many lands reconnect with their own sense of place-their sense of the daily sacred and their search for the Indigenous Soul.

for Martín

"It's an encyclopedia of beauty . . . Like some poems of Neruda's, it is a treasure house of language, in service to life."
—Robert Bly,
author of Iron John, Morning Poems,
and 42 other books of prose and poetry

"The Mayan gods, who hold eloquence above all else, must surely be pleased with this soul, who in this lifetime is named Martin Prechtel."
—Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D.,
author of Women Who Run with the Wolves,
The Gift of Story, and The Faithful Gardener

Prechtel . . . shows how to infuse language with spirit and a sense of the sacred without sacrificing its sensuousness. He demonstrates for us how a trained bard of a traditional society might tackle a writing project-with all 20 layers transparent and tingling!"
—Common Boundary (Steven Larson)

"A Superbly written work....Perhaps most remarkable is the luminous eloquence of Prechtel's language...something of the flavor of the indigenous oral tradition, 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."
—David Abram,
author of The Spell of the Sensuous