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Secrets of the Talking Jaguar: Unmasking the Mysterious World of the Living Maya (1999 Hardback)


£20.00

Very good condition used 1999 First UK
Edition Hardback with intact Dust Jacket.

Published by Element Books, Dorset, UK.
Author: Martin Prechtel.
ISBN: 9781862045019. ISBN: 1862045011.
Approx dims: 240mm h x 165mm w x 30mm d.

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Secrets of the Talking Jaguar: Unmasking the Mysterious World of the Living Maya

Condition and Description:

Very good condition used 1999 First UK Edition Hardback with intact Dust Jacket.

Published by Element Books, Dorset, UK.
Author: Martin Prechtel.
ISBN: 9781862045019. ISBN: 1862045011.
Approx dims: 240mm h x 165mm w x 30mm d.

Intact clean glossy condition dust jacket with one small tear to top right corner front cover, plus slight creasing to edges and signs of handling. Intact slightly rolled spine. DJ over very good condition black boards. 284 clean pages of English text with some b&w illustrations, no inscriptions. Page ends slightly tanned. Image shown is actual book for sale.

Synopsis of Secrets of the Talking Jaguar: Unmasking the Mysterious World of the Living Maya:

Martín Prechtel, who grew up on a pueblo Indian reservation in New Mexico, wandered as a young man through the brilliant landscapes of Mexico and Guatemala. Drawn in his dreams to the traditional Mayan community of Santiago Atitlán, he carved out a life for himself among the villagers. Though an outsider himself, Prechtel was adopted as an apprentice by a powerful, ancient shaman named Nicolas Chiviliu Tacaxoy. He married a Mayan woman and became a village chief and famous shaman in his own right, entrusted with the rich legacy of Atitlán’s ancient Mayan heritage and its deepest cultural traditions.

In Secrets of the Talking Jaguar, Prechtel brings to vivid life the sights, sounds, scents, and colour of the village: its magical personalities; its beauty, its material poverty and spiritual wealth; its eight-hundred-year old rituals juxtaposed with quintessential small-town gossip and passions. In a tale filled with enchantment, danger, rich cultural descriptions, shamanic rivalry and hope, Prechtel takes us into the heart of both untamed nature and intimate community life. His spellbinding narrative compellingly explores the complexity and joy of contemporary Mayan village life – a culture that is fast disappearing in the wake of modernization. Full of compassion, humour and wisdom, his unforgettable account reads like the most gripping adventure novel. Yet every word is true.