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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book - Highly recommended source, September 18, 2008
This review is from: The Ancient Spirituality of the Modern Maya (Hardcover)
I have read several books about the contemporary Maya, but the majority seem to consist of crackpot New Age theories. What Hart does is to ask the Maya themselves what they believe and how they practice their spirituality, and the result is both fascinating and profoundly respectful of those beliefs. We needed someone who avoids putting their own worldview and paradigms onto another culture's belief system, and that's what we have here.

The book provides a unique set of testimonies, mainly of contemporary Aj Q'ijab', or spiritual guides in the communities, speaking on many intertwined elements of Mayan spirituality - the Calendar, sacred places, the calling to the priesthood, healing, the contemporary social context in which the ancient faith is maintained, and many others.

Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well crafted and extremely insightful, June 7, 2008
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This review is from: The Ancient Spirituality of the Modern Maya (Hardcover)
Mr. Hart presents a superb overview of Mayan spirituality in a modern context, and does so with a depth of knowledge and sensitivity that is extraordinary. So far and above the usual disservice done to the subject by countless guidebooks and magazine articles, the many interviews are woven together to show a beautiful tapestry. Un muy buen trabajo, senor sacerdote!
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The Ancient Spirituality of the Modern Maya
The Ancient Spirituality of the Modern Maya by Thomas Hart (Hardcover - April 16, 2008)
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