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The Disobedience of the Daughter of the Sun: A Mayan Tale of Ecstasy, Time, and Finding One's True Form

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Author and illustrator Martín Prechtel is internationally known for his explorations of ancient folklore and uncovering the lessons therein for modern readers. In The Disobedience of the Daughter of the Sun, he revives a hitherto unknown Guatemalan Tzutujil Mayan tale of the beginnings of the world with a poetic retelling of the story, 28 evocative drawings, and a critical ...more
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Published July 22nd 2005 by North Atlantic Books
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Jen
Jun 09, 2008 Jen rated it it was amazing
yes, yes, yes. like crystals of tree sap melting in the hot sun, then cooling and hardening again into jewels from spring rain this book is all that and back again.
Elena
Mar 13, 2013 Elena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Beautiful story, glimpse into mystery, charming drawings, insightful explanations and a touch of humour - this is the best description I could give to this book. Martin Prechtel is a wonderful storyteller and his drawings are enhancing the magic he shares with the reader.
Letecia Layson
Aug 11, 2008 Letecia Layson rated it it was amazing
Love on so many levels - deep cycles of time. Reading this book was balm to my aching heart.
Kacie
Sep 13, 2009 Kacie is currently reading it
Martin teaches Bolad's Litchen in NM, where some friends go. Trying to get a feel for his ideas.
Will Szal
Jan 30, 2015 Will Szal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Half of this book is a fable or a myth, and the other half is analysis.

I didn't really like the fable that much at face value. It was mean. I like stories like the beginning of "The Hobbit," when everyone's sitting around in the shire, drinking tea and tending their gardens. I don't really like stories of pain and adventure as much. So I had some trouble with this story.

But then the analysis is what makes it for me. It's absolutely beautiful! Martin chose to take a look at five layers. It makes
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Sarahscarlet
Aug 10, 2011 Sarahscarlet rated it it was amazing
if there is a rule . i do not read books more than once .... i have started this one again immediately .....this is a Mayan story containing many of the beliefs they have about how our world is structured . it has cast our own fairy tales , which have hung on by a thread in another light . i am also drawn to re read my European fairy tales .... a wonderful book
Taylor
May 11, 2008 Taylor rated it it was amazing
A Mayan tale, told four different ways, revealing wisdom from this ancient earth culture... if you are paying attention and opening your heart. Martin Prechtel is a true poet. Delicious and eloquent are his words. Extremely fortunate are we to hear these stories passed on. Best if read out loud and several times over...
Hope
I love Pretchel's tales of his life with the indigenous Tzutujil Mayan in Guatemala... I've since heard, not surprisingly, that he is a very controversial figure. So be it. His story (embellished, biased, whatever) is a great lovely adventure, filled with magic, shamanism and spirit. Beautiful. I've read all his books and wish there were a dozen more...
Samuel Stevenson
Mar 02, 2008 Samuel Stevenson rated it it was amazing
The storytelling tradition this book embodies is one my soul longs for and my voice looks towards the way a lake looks to the moon.

It begins with a traditional Mayan teaching story. Then, Martin guides the reader/listener(s) through several layers of meaning, facilitating a journey into a bottomless world of the most integritous metaphor.
Miriam
Dec 10, 2013 Miriam rated it liked it
I love the ideas in Martin Prechtel's books. However, I found the writing in this book to be really difficult to get through. If you haven't read any of Prechtel's books yet, start with The Secrets of the Talking Jaguar, which clearly had a better editor!
David
Oct 02, 2008 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love all of Martin Prectel's books. This one I read after I read the trilogy. It was a nice follow up. I recommend reading his other 3 books first.
Angela Kirby
Nov 01, 2011 Angela Kirby rated it really liked it
Beautifully written. Martin Prechtel is amazing. You know the age old question, who would you invite to dinner, dead or alive? Martin would most definitely be on my list.
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Beautiful and heartbreaking. A story meant to feed more than entertainment, a deep digging tale to pull up a passion for life, your everyday wonderfully "mundane" life.
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A master of eloquence and innovative language, Martín Prechtel is a leading thinker, writer and teacher whose work, both written and oral, hopes to promote the subtlety, irony and pre-modern vitality hidden in any living language. As a half blood Native American with a Pueblo Indian upbringing, his life took him from New Mexico to the village of Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala. There becoming a full v ...more
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