Breath on the Mirror: Mythic Voices & Visions of the Living Maya

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UNM Press, 1993 - History - 256 pages
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This remarkable book lets readers hear Maya myths as they are told today in the mountains of Guatemala. First published in 1993,Breath on the Mirroris now available only from UNM Press.

"A fascinating literary and anthropological excursion into the mental universe of the modern Quiché 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 ofThe Maya


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if you're into modern Maya stories & myths this is the right book. Read full review

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User Review  - Colin - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review


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Dennis 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 Mexico.

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