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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiufl Photos with text that brings the Maya to Life, February 28, 1999
This review is from: Living Maya (Hardcover)
This book is beautiful. I lived in Chiapas Mexico for a time and this book captures the beauty and reality of the region to life better than any other book I have seen. The text is written by an anthropolgist that has lived in the region for years and really knows the Mayan people. The text is very informative about the parts of ancient Mayan culture that have survived into the present day and is peppered with the writer's own experiences with the Maya making it far from dry reading. It will make you want to visit this amazing region of the world inhabited by the Living Maya.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Contents, February 15, 2012
This review is from: Living Maya (Hardcover)
Living Maya

Walter F Morris Jr

1987

First Edition Hardcover

This book features Maya in a remote area that has had far less influence from modern civilization. The patterns of living and worship weave a unique lifestyle. 125 full color photos, 60 line drawings and two maps. Of particular interest are diagrams of the weaving and embroidery patterns that produce such colorful garments. Text is on a brown, heavy paper, giving a back-to-the-earth feeling, while photos are on high gloss paper. Exquisite book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreaming, going, planning to go? This is a 10., October 6, 2013
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If you dream about Chiapas, are planning to go or have returned, buy this book.
While it is, based on sumptuous Jeffrey Jay Foxx photography, a worthy coffee-table decoration, Walter F. Morris' terse, accurate, romantic prose captures enchanting but realistic vignettes of historical and contemporary Maya Chiapas.
My wife and I spent four research weeks in Chiapas, summer 2013. It was our fourth extended stay in Mayan Central America. On this venture, Palenque, Yaxchilan, Comitan, San Cristobal and its villages, including San Juan Chamula, San Andres Larrainzar, Tenejapa, Zinacantan. On our last days there we met and filmed the author, Walter "Chip" Morris. Our first meeting-moment: he was deep in consultation, in Tzotzil, with a Mayan woman about her contemporary textile patterns; there were three other village women waiting to confer. "Chip" Morris continues to earn, ex post facto, his MacArthur Genius Award. He moves seamlessly amidst the ephemeral and materialistic spirit-worlds of Mayan culture. He is "Living Maya."
And in his book of that title, so will you. If you cannot travel to Chiapas, or if you hope and plan to, or even if you have returned, you will find this book inspired.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best!!, November 24, 2013
This review is from: Living Maya (Paperback)
A must read for anyone interested in the Highland Mayas of Chiapas, their culture and their art. The best book on Chiapaneco textiles!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating book documenting Mayas and their ancient influences which still ..., September 22, 2014
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Fascinating book documenting Mayas and their ancient influences which still dominate contemporary culture. Am looking forward to taking a tour with the author in Chiapas.. He has done the Maya a service by encouraging weaving according to ancient patterns.
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Living Maya by Walter F. Morris (Hardcover - Oct. 1987)
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