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Breath on the Mirror: Mythic Voices and Visions of the Living Maya This remarkable book lets readers hear Maya myths as they are told today in the mountains of Guatemala First published in , Breath on the Mirror is now available only from UNM Press A fascinating literary and anthropological excursion into the mental universe of the modern Quich Maya and their forebears The stories and myths so compellingly recounted here turn our own world upside down and remake it in the Maya image Reading this, one can understand why and how Maya culture has survived five centuries of oppression Michael D Coe, Yale University, author of The Maya An an intriguing look at the life of the ancient Maya people, how they saw the world, the cause for their beliefs and rituals, etc Many of their descendants still hold some of the perspectives of the ancients. Breath on the Mirror is a conglomeration of various myths of the living Maya as the title explains Some of the myths revolve around the Popol Vu and some around historical events since the Spanish arrived The latter also have Christian mythology mixed in so soon the story of Adam and Eve, or the story of Evenadam, lookslike the stories of Jacob and Esau as well as the Popol Vu, as told by a Mayan day keeper Tedlock also takes great care to help the reader understand not just the myt Breath on the Mirror is a conglomeration of various myths of the living Maya as the title explains Some of the myths revolve around the Popol Vu and some around historical events since the Spanish arrived The latter also have Christian mythology mixed in so soon the story of Adam and Eve, or the story of Evenadam, lookslike the stories of Jacob and Esau as well as the Popol Vu, as told by a Mayan day keeper Tedlock also takes great care to help the reader understand not just the myths but the way they are told and where, when, and by whom they are told Although necessary and delightful, the way the context is added can create some problems Some of the chapters are very difficult to understand, and I even found that occasionally reading them out of order, even backwards, waseffective He leaves out significant details and seems to be writing to those who already know the myths well For example, in one chapter he explains the significance of some of the days of the year which coincide to the twins actions in the underworld, another thing not well explained , but he takes several chapters later to explain the naming of the days and how they re counted information which would have made previous chapters much less confusing A wonderful, brilliant read, but make sure you know a decent amount about the Maya before reading it The book, like the myths it told, blends modern with ancient, old world with new world, reality and fiction Reading it, therefore, was, at times confusing if the author speaking of himself, what he heard and from what source, or if he is recounting a story is difficult to tell at times Though the author is obviously an academic, he sometimes loses touch with the audience, at various points explaining in detail and then leaving main points ambiguous Though this book seems to give a sense The book, like the myths it told, blends modern with ancient, old world with new world, reality and fiction Reading it, therefore, was, at times confusing if the author speaking of himself, what he heard and from what source, or if he is recounting a story is difficult to tell at times Though the author is obviously an academic, he sometimes loses touch with the audience, at various points explaining in detail and then leaving main points ambiguous Though this book seems to give a sense of Mayan culture and myth, it is not straight forward with its messages However, the included transcripted conversations with a modern Mayan priest sic retelling Judeo Christian stories blended with Mayan stories is fascinating and worth skimming through the book to get to

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