The Toe Bone and the Tooth: An Ancient Mayan Story Relived in Modern Times - Leaving Home to Come HomeHardback
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- Publisher: THORSONS
- Format: Hardback | 384 pages
- Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 38mm | 635g
- Publication date: 1 February 2003
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0007142676
- ISBN 13: 9780007142675
"The Toe Bone and the Tooth" is structured around a previously unpublished mythic Mayan tale of the same name, gifted to Martin by one of the elders of the village in return for helping his son. This ancient tale from the tribal oral tradition forms the backdrop to Martin's own untold story - how he, his Indian wife and two little sons experienced a chilling escape from Guatemalan death squads in the mid-1980s, and how he has continued to live out the myth in the alien context of modern life in the US. Through this book, Prechtel shows how this powerful mythic story can be a pattern for everyone's life. He demonstrates how his initiation as a Mayan shaman and understanding of their mythology has ensured his survival in the modern world.
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Martin Prechtel was raised on a pueblo reservation in New Mexico before moving to Guatemala to live with the Tzutijil people of Santiago Atitlan. He was first apprenticed as a Mayan shaman and rose to become the First Chief of the village. On returning to the US, he began working in New Mexico as a medicine man. He is now an internationally recognized healer, speaker and artist, who writes frequently for journals and periodicals.