Dennis Tedlock
Breath on the Mirror: Mythic Voices and Visions of the Living Maya
April 10, 2020 Comments.. 342
Breath on the Mirror: Mythic Voices and Visions of the Living Maya Dennis Tedlock The world of the living myths of the Maya as they are told today in the mountains of Guatemala and the wilds of southern Mexico, recorded on location by trailblazing anthropologist Dennis Tedlock 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 hereThe world of the living myths of the Maya as they are told today in the mountains of Guatemala and the wilds of southern Mexico, recorded on location by trailblazing anthropologist Dennis Tedlock 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 MayaABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORSDennis Tedlock is a Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Research Associate at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe He and his wife, noted anthropologist Barbara Tedlock, were awarded Dorothy Doyle Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2006 by PEN New MexicoCLAIM It hurls us, willing or not, into the deep well of Mayan thought offers not a catalogue of myths or their elements but a living interaction between narrator and listener a seamless blend of myth, history and ethnography It flows from a deep knowledge of the Mayas, ranging from their origins across their long history and down to today Breath on the Mirror is as close as you can come to the way stories are told and experienced, by the storytellers, their listeners and the ethnographers New York Times Book Review. Breath on the Mirror Mythic Voices and Visions of the Living Maya The world of the living myths of the Maya as they are told today in the mountains of Guatemala and the wilds of southern Mexico recorded on location by trailblazing anthropologist Dennis Tedlock A fa
  • Title: Breath on the Mirror: Mythic Voices and Visions of the Living Maya
  • Author: Dennis Tedlock
  • ISBN: 9780826318237
  • Page: 361
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Adrienne says:

      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, looks like 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 [...]

    2. Sandi says:

      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 [...]

    3. Colin says:

      This is a book that meditates on myth, and retells its musings in mythic style cf Bringhurst s Story as Sharp as a Knife There are sections where Tedlock s commentary becomes so intense that it is hard to hear don Mateo s stories, but this book is about the cumulative experience of hearing stories and telling them There are wonderful portraits of the frustrations of ethnography for all involved There are stories that snake between the interests of Old World and New You will find yourself plottin [...]

    4. Taylor Martinez says:

      Absolutely loved this book It is honestly my favorite book, with Eve and Adam being my favorite chapter out of the reader Tedlock s ability to transform ethnographic work in such a rhythmic and poetic manner on paper is inspiring I insisted my daughter read it this book made her an aspiring linguistic anthropologist She saw language, meaning and cadence transformed into print and was completely inspired She ll be applying this Fall to a few linguistics schools and including where you teach thank [...]

    5. Michael says:

      if you re into modern Maya stories myths this is the right book.

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