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Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico (edition 2018)

by David Bowles (Author)

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The stories in Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky trace the history of the world from its beginnings in the dreams of the dual god, Ometeotl, to the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors in Mexico and the fall of the great city Tenochtitlan. In the course of that history we learn about the Creator Twins--Feathered Serpent and Dark Heart of Sky--and how they built the world on a leviathan's back; of the shape-shifting nahualli; and the aluxes, elfish beings known to help out the occasional wanderer. And finally, we read Aztec tales about the arrival of the blonde strangers from across the sea, the strangers who seek to upend the rule of Motecuhzoma and destroy the very stories we are reading. David Bowles stitches together the fragmented mythology of pre-Colombian Mexico into an exciting, unified narrative in the tradition of William Buck's Ramayana, Robert Fagles's Iliad, and Neil Gaiman's Norse Myths. Readers of Norse and Greek mythologies will delight in this rich retelling of stories less explored. Legends and myths captured David Bowles's imagination as a young Latino reader; he was fascinated with epics like the Iliad and the Odyssey. Despite growing up on the United States/Mexico border, he had never read a single Aztec or Mayan myth until he was in college. This experience inspired him to reconnect with that forgotten past. Several of his previous books have incorporated themes from ancient Mexican myths.… (more)
Title:Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico
Authors:David Bowles (Author)
Info:Cinco Puntos Press (2018), 368 pages
Collections:Spring 2019

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Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: The Origin Myths of Mexico by David Bowles



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This book represents a tremendous undertaking, the synthesis of the history of Mexico, the sea-ringed world, from itÛªs native creation-myths, through it‰Ûªs internal wars and strife, alliances and betrayals, ultimately to it‰Ûªs conquest by the Spanish. The principals involved are represented mostly in overview, or loose character sketches, as a volume of the scale can require, but they are none-the-less rendered truly and realistically, without any over-simplification of personality or motivation. All-in-all I was very impressed by this sweeping history and intrigued and entertained by the play of gods and men and several of the smaller folk-stories within the greater framework. I recommend this book to those interested in mythology, history, and folk-legends. ( )
  michaeladams1979 | Oct 11, 2018 |
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