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Axion Power Concentrater 13: Beginning Sept. 26, 2011

PLEASE NOTE! I haven't a clue as to why what I wrote got so badly broken up in translating from the draft to the published post. I tried to fix it, but it turned out even worse. I guess there must be some "gap script" monitor that fouls things up.

It's what I get for working for a couple of hours, when I should be out gathering up falling leaves! In any case, I hope the translation is still suitable to read. And I further hope the below list acts as a reader's guide for choosing a book or two to read about the ancient Maya. 


I greatly appreciate the interest about the ancient Mayan Civilization. Of the some 100 plus books about the ancient Maya I hold in my library, I've chosen the ones below based on some of the commentary and questions regarding the ancient Maya in the past Concentrators:


Breaking The Maya Code, by Michael D. Coe   

"One of the great stories of 20th-century scientific discovery." --New York Times

"A fascinating tale...Coe's narration captures the thrill of each advancing step. He takes pains to make clear to the uninitiated reader obscure and complicated aspects of Mayan lore, and does so with a light touch that bespeaks of a gifted teacher and writer."  Associated Press

Though dated (copyright 1992), I found this book to be the benchmark work about how epigraphers cracked the ancient Mayan writing system.

The Ancient Maya, Fifth Edition, by Robert Sharer

"As readable as it is comprehensive, this volume is an admirable and up-to-date account of the Ancient Maya." 

Scientific American

I have many times met Bob Sharer. Once, years ago, I showed him my copy of his textbook, so stuffed with Post-Its I used to tag things pertinent to my saga, that the binder is about a half inch less thick than the pages. Anyone truly interested in learning more about the ancient Maya, this 900 page textbook is the one to own. I believe there is now a 7th Edition. 

The Blood Of Kings: Dynasty And Ritual In Mayan Art, by Linda Schele and Mary Ellen Miller

"An elegantly written narrative history of the Mayas...that gives us a disturbing and comprehensive portrait of a people and their world." 

The New York Times

"[A] work as remarkable for its text as for the photographs and drawings that illustrate it." -- Octavia Paz, The New York Review of Books

These two blurbs say it all! 

I never met Linda Schele. I understood she passed away while in the middle of writing a novel about the ancient Maya. She was beloved by all and instrumental in discovery of all things Maya...the writing system, astrology, mathematics.... Someday, I hope she smiles down upon my saga.

I have met Mary Ellen Miller, of Yale University. 

Please allow me to slide a "digest story" in here I view of remarkable quality:

A few years ago, I was in Copan, Honduras, attending a global summit themed about the ancient Maya. Dr. Miller gave a lecture about solar eclipses that occurred back when the Maya were thriving. In conjunction with NASA, using back dating astronomical computer software, she spoke of a date when a total eclipse occurred over Copan, Honduras, the principle setting in my novel. 

Some five years before this global conference, I took a little literary license and installed a solar eclipse into my manuscript...when the last of sixteen jaguars was about to be caught, while elsewhere a war was to begin exactly at total eclipse, while also, a child of destiny was being born.

The timeframe of this total solar eclipse occurring in my historical novel, again written some five years before, was dead spot on, within mere hours of the date I had years later learned from Dr. Mary Ellen Miller during that lecture. 

Truly one of my more favorite stories of serendipity or benign happenstance I love to share that have occurred while writing my book.  

Scribes, Warriors And Kings: The City of Copan and the Ancient Maya, 
by William L. Fash

"Copan's role in the development of Maya archeology is charted in lavishly illustrated detail." -- New Scientist

Bill Fash, of Harvard, along with aforementioned Bob Sharer, of UPenn, and my Honduran pal, Dr. David Sedat, all worked in Copan for 15 to 20 years. Dr. Fash has numerous times generously advised me on various subjects and queries. All three of these brilliant men have been immortalized by the citizens of Copan in the erecting of a monument located in Plaza de Central, in commeroration to both their livelong work, and for their love of Copan itself.

Chronicle Of The Maya Kings And Queens
by Simon Martin and Nikolai Grube

"Beautifully designed and illustrated...a handy guide to the latest in Maya written history."

This is one terrific book, if you're into understanding the interrelationships occurring over hundreds of years between Mayan dynasties. A mesmerizing account of the history of the founding fathers and mothers of many cities, all the way to the final leaders, before grand cities to small-ish towns, depopulated. 

Star Gods Of The Maya: Astronomy In Art, Folklore, And Calendars, 
by Susan Milbrath

"This book is destined to become a standard reference work on the Maya archeoastronomy. It offers detailed analysis of asterisms [constellations] in the ancient Maya culture unavailable in any other source....Hence Star Gods is not just a compendium of previous work (though it excels at that) but is original and...well-agrued. It provides a basic, sound and utterly comprehensive introduction to the subject ot the ancient Maya astronomy." --Andrea Stone, Professor of History, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Another one of my favorite textbooks, this one being intensely highlighted by me more than most so than most textbooks. Scholarly written with a certain mystical flair. 

All the above books are scholarly works, written by university employed renowned PhDs. Below are books that are either written by independent scholars, or by those who lived, worked and learned from actual present day Maya shamans:

Maya Cosmogenisis 2012, by John Major Jenkins

"The extensive research by John Major Jenkins into the Mayan astronomy and mystery is very important indeed, and his book will no doubt become a classic in this field of study. It is a must read for all those who feel that there is far more to our past than meets the eye."

This book takes wonderful leaps by a wonderful man greatly followed by spritualists. While there are so many books written by charlatans self-proclaimed shamans, this book is taken seriously by the scholars.

Skywatchers Of Ancient Mexico, by Anthony F. Aveni

"...a well-written book, stimulating, and excellently illustrated book. Buy it or borrow it." -- Archeoastronomy

I'll add...and don't return it! Though Aveni has been employed by universities during his career, I view this as both a text book as well as a terrific work that remains both highly detailed and innovative, despite its 1980 Copyright date.

Rainforest Home Remedies: The Maya Way to Heal Your Body & Replenish Your Soul, by Rosita Arvigo and Nadine Epstein

"If we are to survive as a species, it will be because of ideas like these become important again." -- Patch Adams, M.D.

I loved this book! And the one that follows beneath. What we get between both books, is an account of a real life Maya shaman, who after great pains by Rosita Arvigo, accepted her to then learn the true way of a Mayan Shaman, named Elijio Panti. This shaman, or better put, "doctor priest," lived to be 103 years old. In Belize, a documentary was made about this magical man. It was so popular, the rating so high, the Belezian TV station showed it every day for over a month!

I put up an Insta back when H1N1 the media darlings were scaring the world to death; the Insta held a remedy for the flu. You can read about it here:

So, above you get remedies for 85% of all known ailments, and below you get the story of this incredible man of rainforest knowledge.

Sastun: My Apprenticeship With A Maya Healer
, by Rosita Arvigo with Nadine Epstein

"Arvigo presents an engaging account of her five-year association with Panti and his patients" -- Publishers Weekly

"None of the characters in Sastun is drawn simply...[Arvigo's] quest is gripping, and all the more poignant for being carried out wirthin the disappearing rainforest and a pervasive loss of faith in the mystic world of the spirits." -- San Francisco Chronicle


I have many other books that are more specialized, such as about Maya textiles, chocolate, insects, birds, lizards and animals; the vanilla bean, architecture, pottery, etc. If any of you have a particular field of interest that is not in the above list, than I should be able to point you toward a book of that specialized interest.

Thank you again all for your interest. And don't hassle me about finishing my novel, Maya: Spirits Of The Jaguar. It will get done! In due time. It will get done.