Marï¿½a Sabina Selected Works
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Description: A shaman and visionary--not a poet in any ordinary sense--Mariacute;a Sabina lived out her life in the Oaxacan mountain village of Huautla de Jimeacute;nez, and yet her words, always sung or spoken, have carried far and wide, a principal instance and a powerful reminder of how poetry can arise in a context far removed from literature as such. Seeking cures through language--with the help of Psilocybe mushrooms, said to be the source of language itself--she was, as Henry Munn describes her, "a genius [who] emerges from the soil of the communal, religious-therapeutic folk poetry of a native Mexican campesino people." She may also have been, in the words of the Mexican poet Homero Aridjis, "the greatest visionary poet in twentieth-century Latin America." These selections include a generous presentation from Sabina's recorded chants and a complete English translation of her oral autobiography, hervida,as written and arranged in her native language by her fellow Mazatec Alvaro Estrada. Accompanying essays and poems include an introduction to "The Life of Mariacute;a Sabina" by Estrada, an early description of a nighttime "mushroom velada" by the ethnomycologist R. Gordon Wasson, an essay by Henry Munn relating the language of Sabina's chants to those of other Mazatec shamans, and more.
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Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/1/2003
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
|The Folkways Chant From The 1970 Session: Three Excerpts From|
|The Mushroom Velada: Three Excerpts|
|Commentaries & Derivations|
|Introduction to The Life of Mariacute;a Sabina|
|From Teo-Nanaacute;catl: The Mushroom Agape|
|The Uniqueness of Mariacute;a Sabina|
|Mariacute;a Sabina in Mexico City|
|From Fast Speaking Woman|
|Fast Speaking Woman & the Dakini Principle|
|The Little Saint of|
|The Poet Speaks, the Mountain Sings &hellips;|
|The Song Begins|
|Source Notes and Acknowledgments|