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Maya Healers: A Thousand Dreams

Carolin Escobar Sarti (Author) Jean Franco (Author) Fran Antmann (Photography)

A stunning book of photographs and writing that explores the power and mystery of ancient indigenous healing practices among the Maya people of Guatemala. "Fran Antmann grew to know a culture, lived in it, merged with it, translated it, and loved it. She photographed the dreams that guide us to wisdom and healing, then wrapped those images in quetzal feathers. Today, she returns her vision of the world to the men and women she met through this encounter between cultures. It is a privilege to have been invited to write the preface to this book which is more than a book-it is a revelation. -Carolina Escobar Sarti, Guatemalan poet "Fran Antmann's work in Maya Healers, years in the making, is imbued with the depth and texture only great photography can achieve; where the images transcend being mere documents but reach great art. Many of the images, especially of the people in their daily lives, are transcendent and absolutely gorgeous, revealing an empathy and visual perception that is timeless." - Ed Kashi, international prize-winning photojournalistMaya healers derive their powers from connection to the supernatural. Drawing on dreams, intuition and ancient traditions, they heal the sick surrounded by friends and family. I was privileged to be included in these intense, intimate healings and to listen to the stories and dreams of these healers, shamans and bonesetters. Thirty years ago such ceremonies could have triggered a brutal crackdown. Now they are now part of a proud resurgent Maya identity. Fran Antmann is a documentary photographer, writer and teacher living in Brooklyn, New York. She has received grants from the Fulbright Commission, the Ford Foundation, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, Agfa Corporation, the Social Science Research Council, the Puffin Foundation and the J. Paul Getty Foundation. She was also awarded numerous New York State Foundation for the Arts fellowships.

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Title Maya Healers: A Thousand Dreams
Format Hardcover
Date published: 11.12.2017
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 818250063X
length 192p., Illustrations Black and White; 28cm.