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The Maya Shamans [Hardcover]

Patricia Mercier
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26 Sep 2002
Embark on a quest in search of ancient Mayan wisdom, which holds vital clues to time, our origins, and the future of the planet Earth. Mayan shamans urge us to be aware of our interdependence between Nature and the ways in which we would be wise to live. 13 sections--a sacred number to the Mayans--explain Shamanism and introduce a new core concept, concluding with simple ritual exercises to provide you with greater insight into Mayan teachings.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vega Books (26 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843335964
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843335962
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,406,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unlock the secrets of the human mind... 5 Dec 2009
There seem to be a large amount of "How to" books available on the subject of Shamanism, especially the Native American branch. This book is quite different in its approach. The author trained as a crystal therapist (publishing a book on the subject), then later journeyed through the maya-lands meeting tribal elders, visiting sacred sites, pyramids etc, and undergoing initiations and shamanic experiences. The text takes the reader on a journey of their own. Along the way we meet the Ancient Maya and their modern day representatives, The "Cosmic" Maya elders, the Crystal Skulls, Priest Kings, and the omnipresent Jaguar and Snake, who inhabit those lands and their Dreamtimes. By studying the many line drawings of ancient sites, Gods and so forth, and by utilising certain keys within the book, personal knowledge and experience may be gained of these peoples, who, it is revealed, in more ways than one, echo the culture of Ancient Egypt. Unlike the previously mentioned array of books available on similar subjects, "Maya Shamans" has a more subtle and yet more powerful approach to practical ways of opening the "Second Attention" often referred to in the books of Carlos Castaneda. Another major theme is that of "Time" perception (see the book title) and how our modern, narrow view of this phenomenon can be expanded, re-defined and re-explored.
Personally I go back to the book again and again, and it has opened up so much for me, and yet I am still only beginning to unravel the hidden treasures buried within. For anyone with an interest in Central American spirituality, The Crystal Skulls, Star-seeding, or for those who feel stagnant and wish to begin a new and beautiful quest, "Maya Shamans, Travellers in Time" is for you.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of paper 16 May 2004
By John S Lands - Published on Amazon.com
This book is a synthesis of every pseudo New Age concept from atlantis to cosmic DNA to the world ending in 2012. While the disconnected ramblings may fit into Ms. Mercier's wordview, with the exception of the obvious charlatans from whom she derives her information, it does not correspond with that of the Maya. The "shamans" she cites are tourist guides at the "sacred" ruins and street beggars encountered along the way. Her interpretation of the calendrics, rituals and belief systems are more in tune with her profession as a "crystal healer" from the UK than that of a researcher of Maya religion. She claims her husband has channeled ancient Xamans ( a term foreign to the Maya) and she interprets ancient writings though she cannot read the glyphs and speaks none of the 26 Mayan dialects. The only legitate comments included are gleaned from the works of Dr. Schele and other legitimate Maya scholars. Her use of the Huna K'u is particularly disturbing. This is a contemporary concept and appears in no codex, stone carving, piece of ceramic or any other example from antiquity, yet she uses it as the basis for her hypothesis concerning ancient rites and rituals. The sources she cites personally can neither read nor write glyphic Maya yet she uses them as authorities in the translation and interpretation of ancient codicies and texts. Her use of calendric sources are equally baffling. She perpetuates the false notion that the calendar calls for the "end of the fourth age". The 2012 date is nothing more than a baktun ending.
I have studied Maya religious rites, ceremonies and their basis is the shamanic tradition for over thirty years and have NEVER come across such drivel as is presented in this book. I can only surmise that this entire exercise is an attempt to promote her "Sun and Serpent Maya Mysteries School UK".
Persons interested in Maya shamanism should purchase " The Maya Cosmos" by Friedel, Schele and Parker for an archaeologically and conceptually correct view.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and intruiging read about the Maya 19 April 2011
By Michael - Published on Amazon.com
The author, who has traveled widely in Central America, and is also co-director of The Sun & Serpent Mysteries Schools, says that embarking on a shamanic quest for the meaning of time is intrinsic to that culture.
One of the reasons more and more people in the developed world countries are becoming aware of the indigenous Maya Indian people of Central America is because of a supposed `end' calendar date that relates to 21st December 2012.
Mercier's travels to the Maya lands and the research she has undertaken through meeting Shamen, Elders and Day keepers provides fascinating insights into a world that we have somehow become disconnected from in our unsustainable fast all consuming world of materialism. The rhythm of nature these indigenous people of central American rainforests represent reveals just how misplaced our stressful lives are.
The colour photographs and the appendices giving a glossary of terms and the various calendrical cycles add to the feeling of place the author is able to convey. She is a keen observer, not only of present day Mexico and Guatemala, but of the shamanic mysteries of the long ago past.
It is a difficult task to explain the complexities of Maya shamanism in terms everyone will understand, but she succeeds admirably. A fascinating glimpse into a subject we know very little about.
It appears the calendar keepers had a binary system centuries before the Western world and the Haab calendar, one of seventeen, has been calculated by NASA to have a 0.00000001 degree of accuracy to the atomic clock, requiring only a one day adjustment in every 180,000 years,
Duality, light and darkness, the shadow self, are all contained in the folklore of the Maya and Mercier reveals many insights in the carefully crafted thirteen chapters - hardly surprising to find there are thirteen since this is a foundation number for the sacred Tzolkin calendar
Maya words are used together with their English translations - useful when visiting the many ancient ruined cities. She explains the significance of Serpent Wisdom through appearances of snakelike carvings depicted with human heads emerging from the mouth of the creature. The book leads us to speculate on our origins in the cosmos particularly in relation to the Pleiades and Orion. All in all an excellent read for those who want to deepen their understandings of the Maya.
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