The Bird Who Cleans the World: And Other Mayan Fables


A collection of Mayan folktales deals with themes of creation, nature, mutual respect, and ethnic relations and conflicts.

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A collection of Mayan folktales deals with themes of creation, nature, mutual respect, and ethnic relations and conflicts.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Montejo adapts animal fables from Mayan Guatamala. Illustrations. (Sept.)
Library Journal
This collection starts strongly, with some unusual etiological, or ``just-so,'' stories on the origin of serpents, bats, and monkeys, on why buzzards eat carrion, rabbits have long ears, and dogs wag their tails. Like European fables, these tend toward moralizing plots, showing the folly of children's disobedience, of ingratitude, laziness, interfering, or boastfulness. (But the rabbit's devious--if not amoral--cleverness is admired, at least until the final story, where misguided trust in a friend leads to his death.) Unfortunately, the last half-dozen or so tales are weak, with confused plots (perhaps merging several stories) and muddled morals. The inclusion of these lackluster tales, and some intrusion of modern elements (e.g., concern with pollution) are relatively minor incongruities, however. Interesting graphics from Mayan sources help underscore the essential originality of this volume.-- Patricia Dooley, Univ. of Washington Lib. Sch., Seattle
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781880684030
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1995
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 1,029,355
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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