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Mayan Folktales: Folklore from Lake Atitlán, Guatemala Paperback – Feb 1 1999

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  • Paperback: 299 pages
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press; Revised ed. edition (Feb. 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826321046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826321046
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.1 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,198,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Anthropologist Sexton ( Ignacio ) has compiled nearly 40 folktales from the Mayan Indians, focusing on the Quiche-Maya of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. In so doing, he reveals a rich and complex culture that is still very much alive. Many of the myths, according to Sexton, are designed to reinforce behavior considered positive by the society. They often demonstrate a bawdy sense of humor, as in the story of the promiscuous woman who eats her lover's sex organ and as a result dies of thirst. Others reveal an anti-technological strain (a rich man tries to send his son money by hanging it on the telegraph wire). Finally, the highly entertaining story of the Rabbit and Uncle Coyote, in which the clever rabbit constantly outwits the coyote, cannot help but remind readers of the African-American tales of Br'er Rabbit and Br'er Fox or modern "Roadrunner" cartoons--thus showing the universality of the emotions tapped by these myths.
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"The collection serves splendidly the purpose of a wide variety of readers. All levels."

The collection serves splendidly the purpose of a wide variety of readers.

A delightful collection by the eminent anthropologist and his Mayan collaborator. Written in an oral style, filled with ancient wisdom.

. . . a colorful mlange of myths . . . Sextons collection reveals an enlightening picture of native Guatemalan culture . . . It provides valuable information on diverse aspects of the culture of Lake Atitlan.

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