Maya Gods and Monsters (Paperback)

Supernatural Stories from the Underworld and Beyond

By Carol Karasik

Thrums, LLC, 9780997216851, 128pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2017

List Price: 16.95*
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Through captivating stories and lush illustrations, this book draws on ancient myth and lore of the Maya people and gives life to wild and quirky gods, magical monsters, and strange creatures. Fiery characters such as the Lords of the Underworld, Water Lily Jaguar, and the Horrible White Bone Centipede reveal Maya creation myths from centuries ago. Fifteen stories blend the natural and the supernatural into one alluring realm, reflecting the heart of the Maya people--one of the greatest civilizations in the New World.

About the Author

Carol Karasik is a writer and editor who has produced a number of books on modern and historic Maya culture. She is the author of The Drum Wars and Turquoise Trail and is the coauthor of Maya Threads. She lives in Washington D.C.

Praise For Maya Gods and Monsters: Supernatural Stories from the Underworld and Beyond

“Inspired by myths, stories and images from over two thousand years of Maya civilization and religious beliefs, Carol Karasik has given a highly readable and lively vision of the supernatural world of these remarkable people.”
Michael D. Coe Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus, at Yale University and Curator Emeritus of the Anthropology collection in the Peabody Museum of Natural History

“Author Carol Karasik manages to pass along to us both the substance and the magic in age-old tales of the amazing and sublime doings of the Maya deities. None of the fun and playfulness in the original stories is missing. Bold, evocative illustrations by Alfonso Huerta match completely with the writer’s poetic precision. A wonder and rich collaboration.”
Carter Wilson, author of A Green Tree and a Dry Tree: a Novel of Chiapas and Crazy February: Death and life in the Mayan Highlands of Mexico.