Download PDF by Dennis Tedlock: Breath on the Mirror: Mythic Voices and Visions of the

By Dennis Tedlock

ISBN-10: 0585224668

ISBN-13: 9780585224664

ISBN-10: 0826318231

ISBN-13: 9780826318237

This impressive e-book we could readers pay attention Maya myths as they're instructed at the present time within the mountains of Guatemala. First released in 1993, Breath at the replicate is now to be had in simple terms from UNM Press."A attention-grabbing literary and anthropological day trip into the psychological universe of the fashionable Quich? Maya and their forebears. The tales and myths so compellingly acknowledged the following flip our personal international upside-down and remake it within the Maya photograph. examining this, you can comprehend why and the way Maya tradition has survived 5 centuries of oppression."--Michael D. Coe, Yale college, writer of The Maya

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Some people, he says, know how to use crystals as instruments for seeing, the way other people might use eyeglasses or binoculars, or perhaps they're even fortunate enough to possess crystals that simply offer themselves up as instruments for seeing without one's having to know how to use them. Perhaps the seers of ancient times, the ones who looked into water and were called "those who look into the middle," also knew how to use crystals. As for his own crystal, he's not sure whether he's ever seen anything inside it, but while he sleeps it sends him dreams.

D. D. The last fifty years before the final date brought the reign of the greatest in a long line of kings, but his name, New Sky on the Horizon, must have seemed ominous in retrospect. During the reign of his successor, Sire of the Dagger, the confedera- Page 15 tion collapsed and it wasn't long before all four cities were abandoned. The Book casts the shadow of disaster backward over the entire history of the eastern city, consigning it to the darkness before the sun first rose. Whoever was king when the first four motherfathers arrived in that city, they got what they had come for.

Don't you see the mountainplain clearly? " Page 6 Such words could only have been written into the Old World maker's mouth if the Lord God and the serpent had been rolled into one. Come to think of it, one of the New World gods asking these questions was Plumed Serpent, whose iridescent blue-green feathers gave light to the world when there was only a sea and an empty sky. Even Old World artists have sometimes had the grace to give wings to their serpent, though they tend to be the featherless wings of a bat.

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