The Oracle of Ix Chel

The Oracle of Ix Chel

by Rosita Arvigo




Set in the ancient Maya city of Chichen, The Oracle of Ix Chel tells the story of Jade Skirt, Oracle and High Priestess of the Goddess Ix Chel during a critical time in history when the Maya are turning away from peaceful worship of the goddess and embracing the brutal practice of human sacrifice. Jade Skirt must set herself against the bloodthirsty priests of the War God to save her beloved granddaughter, a young girl destined to continue the sacred lineage and one day rule Ix Chel's women's sanctuary, Cuzamil Island. With the help of her spirit guide, her deep knowledge of rainforest plant lore and a staunch ally who is her forbidden love, Jade Skirt sets off on a tense adventure that will change the course of Maya history forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780990393955
Publisher: Story Bridge Books
Publication date: 03/21/2015
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Dr. Rosita Arvigo DN, a native of Chicago, is a naprapathic physician, herbalist, international lecturer and author. She has lived in remote areas of Mexico and Belize for more than forty years. There, she studied with many traditional healers including Don Elijio Panti, the renowned Maya shaman of Belize, and midwife/ herbalist Hortence Robinson. Both of her teachers were recipients of the coveted National Living Treasure Award.
Rosita and her husband, Dr. Greg Shropshire, founded Ix Chel Tropical Research Centre in Belize. The organization is dedicated to the preservation and study of medicinal plants of the rainforest. They founded the Belize Association of Traditional Healers; Bush Medicine Camp for children; The Rainforest Medicine Trail; and Rainforest Remedies, an herbal concentrate company. In 1987, they founded the Belize Ethnobotany project with Dr. Michael Balick of the New York Botanical Garden.
Rosita is the founder of The Arvigo Institute, which trains practitioners in the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy and Maya Spiritual Healing. Now retired from clinical practice, Rosita focuses on teaching and writing. She divides her time between Belize, Mexico and Chicago. The Oracle of Ix Chel is her first novel.
The author's nonfiction books include:
Sastun: My Apprenticeship With a Maya Healer with Nadine Epstein (Harper One, 1994)
Rainforest Remedies: 100 Healing Herbs of Belize with Dr. Michael Balick (Lotus Light Enterprises, 1994)
Remedios de la Selva: Cien Plantas Medicinales de Belice with Dr. Michael Balick (Lotus Light Enterprises, 2013)
Rainforest Home Remedies: The Maya Way to Heal Your Body and Replenish Your Soul with Nadine Epstein (Harper One, 2001)
Plantas Medicinales en el Norte de Guanajuato; Medicinal Plants used in Northern Guanajuato (Arvigo Institute, 2013)
Food of the Gods: Vegetarian Cooking in Belize (Cubola Press, 2010)
Spiritual Bathing: Traditions from Around the World with Nadine Epstein (Celestial Arts Press, 2003)
Messages from the Gods: The Useful Plants of Belize with Dr. Michael Balick (Oxford University Press, 2015)

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Reviewed by Nandita Keshavan for Readers' Favorite The Oracle of Ix Chel is a vivid book by Rosita Arvigo, based on a Mayan civilisation suffering at the hands of bloodthirsty, greedy priests who seek to stamp out peaceful forms of veneration of the goddess Ix Chel. Told by an ageing matriarch and oracle of Ix Chel, Jade Skirt, the story is a fascinating account of the struggles of an oracle to get her granddaughter to safety, far away from the ruthless priest who has ordered her sacrifice to the god Chac. In an act of defiance and rebellion, Jade attempts to take her granddaughter to safety and, despite the calamities that befall them, she holds tenaciously to her beliefs and her faith in the protection of Ix Chel. Jade has lost her husband in the name of sacrifice in a ruthless killing called the “flowery death"and resents the head priest, who is also her brother. She can see that his acts are not merely out of religious fervour, but stem from a long-standing jealousy. The novel includes fascinating insights into the life of an oracle, her ability to channel the voice of the goddess, and her service to her people and family. It further shows what her position in society was and how it all changed quickly once she became exiled. Despite the loss of her husband, she is brave and has a secret relationship which would be frowned upon in society. The novel is full of imagery, has sufficient momentum and suspense and, being the first of a series, it leaves the reader wanting to read further to see the family of Jade Skirt through to the safe haven of Cuzamil. The novel shows true solidarity for and connection to the natural world in contrast to the insidious greed and rivalry which is perpetuated by Mayan priests at the expense of an unsuspecting populace. Their loyalty and blind faith is astonishing and, on the other hand, the rebellion of the people of Cuzamil against the unjust rulers is refreshing. It's an exciting story told in convincing detail, and the character portrayal and imagery add variety and intrigue to a battle for survival and freedom.