Martin Prechtel continues the narrative of his unique life in Santiago, Atitlan in "Long Life, Honey in the Heart, " an eloquent memoir replete with the subtle intelligence and sophistication of Mayan culture. Set against the dramatic backdrop of Guatemala's political upheaval in the 1980s, this heady mix of magic, humor, and spirituality immerses the reader in the experiences of Mayan birth, courting, marriage, childrearing, old age, death, and beyond, using the true story of Prechtel's own family and friends.
About the Author
ROBERT S. CARLSEN recently retired from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Colorado, where he taught for twenty years, and is now an independent researcher. He conducted twenty-five years of field research in Atitlan, where he learned Tz'utujil, was accepted in a local cofradia (Mayan/Catholic religious society), and was a firsthand witness to la violencia.
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