The Maya live immersed in a cosmos that has been long forgotten in industrialized societies. Thanks to their culture's endurance, today we have the opportunity to step into a more profound life, rediscovering our past knowledge and integrating it into our new present.
In this book, I am taking you to daily Maya life, through cultural traditions, then deeper into ancient Maya knowledge and spirituality. The book ties Maya wisdom to knowledge long lost in industrialized societies, closing the gap between two matrices that hardly ever touch one another, the traditional and the modern.
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--Barbara Hand Clow, author of The Mayan Code and Awakening the Planetary Mind:
"Transcendent Wisdom of the Maya bridges the Western scientific worldview and the spiritual world of the Maya brilliantly. Its wonderful photographs and detailed storytelling are very compelling.
I have enjoyed time with the Maya in the Yucatan, and Gabriela’s wonderful stories of weaving, dancing, healing, and divining brought it all back to me as if I’d never left. Her description of her welcoming ceremony by the Quiché Maya is a significant contribution to anthropological literature, and the New Era celebration in 2012 offers hope for our future. This is a heartfelt and genuine story of Maya life, a must-read for understanding their time cycles and culture.”
--Stuart A. Goldman, executive producer of the PBS series Joseph Campbell: Mythos:
"Ancient Maya culture comes alive in Gabriela Jurosz-Landa’s Transcendent Wisdom of the Maya. The book offers many insights into centuries-old rituals and spirituality which are still lived today by contemporary Maya. Filled with personal observations from fieldwork, the author presents studious thoughts and goes deep into Maya mythology to contrast the Western worldview."
--Rand Flem-Ath, librarian and coauthor of Atlantis beneath the Ice:
"If you suspect that our technologically proficient culture is losing its soul, then dive into Transcendent Wisdom of the Maya where you will find an entrancing alternative to the relentless sense of urgency that dominates our times."
--Itzhak Beery, author of The Gift of Shamanism and Shamanic Healing and editor of Shamanic Transformations:
"Gabriela Jurosz-Landa’s rich and enlightening book is a surprising spiritual journey to mysterious cultures, an inner self-journey and possibly a road-map for our culture’s future survival. Her destined journey from her native Czechoslovakia to Germany to the USA and Guatemala where she was initiated as a Day-Keeper (Shaman-priestess), is fascinating. The anthropologist generously shares deep knowledge and wisdom of the ancient Mayan heritage as she takes us through the process of her initiation. I highly recommend this superb book."