War of Witches

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An overheard plot to do away with an unwanted son-in-law begins this mesmerizing and astonishing journey into the Aztec underworld—a world of magical dreams and mysterious healing, shadowed by a deadly justice.Aided by two local curanderos, or healers, American anthropologist Timothy Knab embarks on a spellbinding adventure of sacred Aztec rituals and mystical dream journeys into Talocan, the underworld of gods and lost souls. Along the way, he begins to understand the Aztec belief system and the art of healing, as well as the dark past of San Martín—infamous through Mexico for its brujos, or witches, and a mysterious "War of Witches” fifty years earlier that may never have ended.Capturing time and place as surely as a jeweler sets a stone, Knab chronicles his spiritual immersion into the contemporary Aztec culture and, ultimately, his remarkable transformation into an authentic curandero.Part murder mystery, part soaring supernatural dream tales—all informed by serious anthropological research—A War of Witches will keep you breathless and on the edge of your seat from the very first page to the explosive revelations in the final chapter.

In the spirit of Carlos Castaneda's early books and Wade Davis's The Serpent and the Rainbow, an American anthropologist provides a suspenseful and chilling personal narrative of his harrowing initiation into the extraordinary world of the Aztecs. Radio promo.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813333878
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 10/30/1997
  • Pages: 240
  • Lexile: 920L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy J. Knab has spent decades researching and working with contemporary Aztecs in Mexico. He is a curandero; a former anthropology professor at the National University of Mexico; a visiting lecturer at Wellesley College and Tufts University; a professional chef and an acknowledged expert on Mexican and French cuisines; and the editor of A Scattering of Jades: Stories, Poems, and Prayers of the Aztecs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2000

    'War of Witches'

    I really enjoyed this book. It was inspiring and interesting. I love history and reading about witchcraft because its so neat. The way Timothy Knab brought the two together was outstanding. I give 'War of Witches' 5 Stars. I haven't read any of Timothy Knab's other books but plan to do so soon.

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