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- Publisher: North Atlantic Books,U.S.
- Format: Paperback | 176 pages
- Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 15mm | 136g
- Publication date: 12 November 2010
- Publication City/Country: Berkeley, CA
- ISBN 10: 1556439393
- ISBN 13: 9781556439391
- Illustrations note: black & white halftones
- Sales rank: 867,806
Author Robert Sitler's immersion in Mayan culture began with a transformative spiritual experience more than three decades ago in the ruins of Palenque, Mexico. Led by a local to a nearby Mayan village, Sitler discovered firsthand what traditional Mayan life was like--a community of people living in peace with each other and their physical surroundings. In "The Living Maya," he shares this experience and many that followed. In the process, he immerses readers in a rich indigenous culture and offers a fresh view of the 2012 phenomenon, focusing on the valuable lessons Mayan culture can teach us in this time of transition. Personal anecdotes are interwoven with factual information about the roots of traditional Mayan customs and traditions, presenting a rare multifaceted view of their simple yet profound way of life. The book showcases Mayan infant care, community building, ties to nature, attitudes toward the elderly, and orientation to spirituality. In "The Living Maya," Sitler shows how following "the Mayan way" can help us ground our lives in harmony with nature, broaden our perspectives on human existence, connect us with our capacity for compassion, and use the vaunted cataclysm of 2012 as a unique chance for growth.
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Robert Sitler, PhD, serves as director of Stetson University’s Latin American Studies program in Deland, Florida, where he also teaches courses in Spanish, Mayan culture, and Latin American humanities. A frequent speaker at new age conferences on 2012 and the author of numerous articles on the Maya and 2012, he lives in DeLand.
"Thoughtful with plenty to add to the debate, "The Living Maya" is a top pick for additions to metaphysics collections." --"Midwest Book Review" "In "The Living Maya," Sitler shows how following "the Mayan way" can help us ground our lives in harmony with nature, broaden our perspectives on human existence, connect us with our capacity for compassion, and use the vaunted cataclysm of 2012 as a unique chance for growth." --Spirit Village Review "With the publication of Robert Sitler's book, "The Living Maya," the 2012 phenomenon finally has a piece of literature that authentically reflects the Maya and their millenarian effort to align themselves to an ever changing cosmos. Sitler grounds the 2012 phenomenon in the realities of the Mayan world in a sobering yet passionate interpretation of what the monumental meaning of the 2012 might mean for humanity and for the Maya themselves." --Vincent Stanzione, ethnographer and author of "Rituals""of Sacrifice: Walking the Face of the Earth on the Sacred Path of the Sun, The Sacred Count of Days, " and "Mayan Gods and Goddesses" "This lucid book by a long-time scholar of the Mayan people provides the reader with a rich cultural context against which to weigh the deeper significance of the 2012 phenomenon. Robert Sitler's approach is balanced, informed, heartfelt, and profoundly respectful of the wisdom of Mayan traditions." --Phillip Lucas, PhD, founding editor of "Nova Religio" "The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions"; professor of religious studies, Stetson University, DeLand, Florida; and author of "New Religious Movements in the Twenty-First Century: Legal, Political, and Social Challenges in Global Perspective" "Robert Sitler faithfully promotes the values of our millennial Mayan culture and the other indigenous original cultures of "Abya Yala" (the Americas). He has visited my home in Momostenango, Guatemala. He has a great spirit and sincere love and respect f