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Incantations: Maruch Mendez

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Published on Jul 21, 2009

I AM GIVING YOU YOUR FOOD
I AM FEEDING YOU WITH CANDLES AND POETRY

The Tzotzil Maya of the Chiapas Highlands say that the Gods need to have poetry in order to survive and so they created humans to make that poetry, that feast. Here shepherdess and poet Maruch Méndes Péres and poet and editor Ambar past celebrate the publication of the U.S. edition of INCANTATIONS: SONGS, SPELLS AND IMAGES BY MAYAN WOMEN (Cinco Puntos Press, 2009). Maruch chants poetry and lights the candles for the altar and later in the video Ambar reads a poem. This magical book--edited and curated by Ambar--was originally created by el Taller Leñateros (Woodlanders Workshop), a self-governing collective of mostly Mayan women. A member of the taller, Maruch was one of the books creators.

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