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Title Feathered serpent, dark heart of sky : myths of Mexico / David Bowles.
Author Bowles, David (David O.), author.
Publication El Paso, TX : Cinco Puntos Press, [2018]
Edition First edition.
Description 300 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Call # 299.792 B
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-300).
Summary 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.
Contents The First Three Ages of the world -- The Fourth Age and the Hero Twins -- The Fifth Age and the reign of demigods -- The Toltecs and the rise of civilization -- Tales of the Maya -- Aztecs ascendant -- Conquest and courage.
Subject Indian mythology -- Mexico.
Indian mythology. (OCoLC)fst00969152
Mexico. (OCoLC)fst01211700
Related To Online version: Bowles, David (David A.). Feathered serpent, dark heart of sky. First [edition]. El Paso : Cinco Puntos Press, 2017 9781941026731 (DLC) 2017035543
ISBN 1941026729 (paperback) :
9781941026724 (paperback) :
1941026710 (hardcover)
9781941026717 (hardcover)
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