Mayan Folktales: Folklore from Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

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James D. Sexton
University of New Mexico Press, 1992 - Juvenile Fiction - 265 pages
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This collection of folklore offers a rich and lively panorama of Mayan mythic heritage. Here are everyday tales of village life; legends of witches, shamans, spiritualists, tricksters, and devils; fables of naguales, or persons who can change into animal forms; ribald stories of love and life; cautionary tales of strange and menacing neighbors and of the danger lurking within the human heart. These legends narrate origin and creation stories, explain the natural world, and reinforce cultural beliefs and values such as honesty, industriousness, sharing, fairness, and cleverness. Whether tragic or comic, fantastic or earthy, whimsical or profound, these tales capture the mystery, fragility, and power of the Mayan world.

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User Review  - Bridgett - Goodreads

This book read fast and I enjoyed the stories, especially since I have read little about the folklore of Central America. Some of the tales were rather bawdy. Read full review

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James D. Sexton is Regents' Professor of anthropology at Northern Arizona University and is the author of many articles and books on cultural change in Guatemala's highland communities.

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