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.
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Each of these beautiful stories is full of delicious knowledge and spirit and like all good horses, when they bring you home at the end of the ride, you feel exhilarated and closer to your true self. I enjoyed reading it immensely.”
— Malcolm Ebright, Author of Pueblo Sovereignty, Advocates for the Oppressed, and The Witches of Abiquiu.