The Disobedience of the
Daughter of the Sun:
Ecstasy and Time



The Disobedience of the Daughter of the Sun: Ecstasy and Time

by Martin Prechtel


Mayans never answer questions directly, they reply by telling stories. This story, "The Disobedience of the Daughter of the Sun," responds to many questions, one of which is: "What do I do when my parents and the world of people around cannot see with the same eyes the exquisiteness and tender mystery of what I love?" Another of these questions might be: "What happens to our children when we refuse to accept the shape of their natural spirits?" Or maybe, "Why does the sky weep in the spring after a long dry time?" Someone might ask: "Why if, the entire Flowering Earth is female, can we only see her in her diverse dismembered state?" and a million other questions. Instead of giving answers, an old Mayan would tell you the story of "The Disobedience of the Daughter of the Sun." This teaching stories is from the oral tradition of the Tzutujil Mayan. After the story is told 5 commentaries follow in which Martín Prechtel gives the reader some living comprehension about the story from a personal Mayan perspective. Then from his own experiences in the modern world, the story is discussed further in such a way as to show readers from non-Native culture how this story has happened to them as well and continues to happen. No matter from what culture we come, the telling and reading of this story helps us to live out our lives becoming a life long companion for which we are not so alone.

In a luminescent testimony to the ancient teaching ability of story, internationally acclaimed lecturer, artist and author of Secrets of the Talking Jaguar and Long Life, Honey in the Heart, Martín Prechtel brings alive the powerful Tzutujil Mayan tale of The Disobedience of the Daughter of the Sun. Prechtel's gripping and inimitable style which mysteriously causes his use of English to bristle with the original spoken Mayan of this previously unpublished story, gives the reader a beautifully told and illustrated tale followed by five "layers" of commentary that present the deeper Indigenous understandings buried in the story, as well as Prechtel's own thoughts for modern people, global warming and ecstasy and time. Combining the best traditions of timeless literature and Indigenous thought, The Disobedience of the Daughter of the Sun, Ecstasy and Time is an incredible read from cover to cover, one of those books you take with you everywhere, into which you can dive in at any part, bathing in a phrase or one of the exquisite drawings, swimming in the imagination.



151pp 28 illus - Folklore, Storytelling, Deep Ecology, Narrative Commentary cover art by author November 2001 ISBN: 0-938756-60-5 - $14.95

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About the Author


Martin Prechtel's life, the well known subject of his previous books Secrets of the Talking Jaguar and Long Life, Honey in the Heart, took him from his native New Mexico upbringing as a half-blood, native American from a Pueblo Indian reservation to the village of Santiago Atitlan where he eventually served the Tzutujil Mayan population as a full village member becoming a principal in the body of village leaders, responsible for instructing the young people in the meanings of their ancient stories that took place in the rituals of adult rights of passage.

Martín once again resides in his native New Mexico where he is a writer, teacher, speaker, musician, and healer. Teaching internationally through story, music and writing, Martín helps people in many lands reconnect with their own sense of place-their sense of the daily sacred and their search for the Indigenous Soul.




"The Mayan people's main and ancient job is to be beautiful and grateful. Before meeting Martín, I'd never known a representative of such a culture. But I can testify to the integrity, the massive learning, the faithfulness, the lighthearted joy and the hardworking nature of this representative."

Robert Bly


"Martín Prechtel is one of the most profound teachers I have ever encountered. He is an unusually gifted artist, musician, storyteller who guides and initiates with passion, kindness, eloquence,wisdom, fierceness and humor, awakening us to the sacred realities present everywhere at all times. To be with Martín is to remember the forgotten divinity that is the very essence of who we are."

Rabbi Aryeh Hirschfield


"It's an encyclopedia of beauty . . . Like some poems of Neruda's, it is a treasure house of language, in service to life."

—Robert Bly,
author of Iron John, Morning Poems,
and 42 other books of prose and poetry


"The Mayan gods, who hold eloquence above all else, must surely be pleased with this soul, who in this lifetime is named Martin Prechtel.""

—Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D.,
author of Women Who Run with the Wolves,
The Gift of Story, and The Faithful Gardener


Prechtel . . . shows how to infuse language with spirit and a sense of the sacred without sacrificing its sensuousness. He demonstrates for us how a trained bard of a traditional society might tackle a writing project-with all 20 layers transparent and tingling!"

Common Boundary (Steven Larson)


"A Superbly written work....Perhaps most remarkable is the luminous eloquence of Prechtel's language...something of the flavor of the indigenous oral tradition, a style worthy of the reverence accorded by most oral peoples to the beauty of living language. That so many experiences and insights rooted in indigenous, participatory, oral modes of awareness managed to be translated onto the written page, without losing their ancestral wildness, is something of a wonder. It's a landmark text, a kind of talisman filled with clues for those working on behalf of the wild, more-than-human earth. Don't miss it."

David Abram,
author of The Spell of the Sensuous





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Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 2001

The Disobedience of the Daughter of the Sun:
Ecstasy and Time
by Martin Prechtel

How did the world come together? Internationally acclaimed author Martín Prechtel tells us in his newest book, The Disobedience of the Daughter of the Sun: Ecstasy and Time, that the world comes directly from love, loss, grief and ecstasy. In a luminescent testimony to the ancient teaching ability of story, Prechtel, author of Secrets of the Talking Jaguar and Long Life, Honey in the Heart, brings alive this previously unpublished tale from traditional Mayan highland people of central Guatemala. But he does not leave it at that. While this beautifully put together book is illustrated with twenty eight of Prechtel's own line drawings, the kind that readers have come to expect, he presents in his inimitable style, five layers of useful and imaginative commentary that brings to the reader some of the deeper indigenous understandings buried in the story as well as Prechtel's own hopeful thoughts of how this story relates to modern people in this troubled time. Combining the best traditions of timeless literature and Indigenous thought, The Disobedience of the Daughter of the Sun: Ecstasy and Time is an incredible read from cover to cover, one of those books you end up taking with you everywhere, into which at any part you can dive, savoring a phrase or one of the exquisite drawings, letting your own imagination out to run.

151pp 28 illus - Folklore, Storytelling, Deep Ecology, Narrative Commentary cover art by author November 2001 ISBN: 0-938756-60-5 - $14.95

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Yellow Moon Press is an independent publisher specializing in the oral tradition. Its work with preserving storytelling and cultural heritage is recognized nationally. Award-winning publications and productions include books, recordings and work with nationally known storytellers Jay O'Callahan, Gioia Timpanelli, Laura Simms, Heather Forest, and Rafe Martin, among many others.





"The Mayan gods, who hold eloquence above all else, must surely be pleased with this soul, who in this lifetime is named Martin Prechtel." Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D., author of Women Who Run with the Wolves, The Gift of Story, and The Faithful Gardener

"It's an encyclopedia of beauty . . . Like some poems of Neruda's, it is a treasure house of language, in service to life."
Robert Bly, author of Iron John, Morning Poems, and 42 other books of prose and poetry


"A Superbly written work....Perhaps most remarkable is the luminous eloquence of Prechtel's language...something of the flavor of the indigenous oral tradition, a style worthy of the reverence accorded by most oral peoples to the beauty of living language. That so many experiences and insights rooted in indigenous, participatory, oral modes of awareness managed to be translated onto the written page, without losing their ancestral wildness, is something of a wonder. It's a landmark text, a kind of talisman filled with clues for those working on behalf of the wild, more-than-human earth. Don't miss it." David Abram, author of The Spell of the Sensuous

Prechtel . . . shows how to infuse language with spirit and a sense of the sacred without sacrificing its sensuousness. He demonstrates for us how a trained bard of a traditional society might tackle a writing project-with all 20 layers transparent and tingling!" Common Boundary (Steven Larson)



 
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