A War of Witches: A Journey into the Underworld of the Contemporary Aztecs

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Chronicling the author's spiritual immersion in Aztec culture and his transformation into a curandero or healer, an account of an adventure into the supernatural underworld of Aztec cosmology--talocan reveals the mysterious ""War of the Witches.""

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An overheard plot to do away with an unwanted son-in-law begins this mesmerizing and astonishing journey into the Aztec underworld--a world of magical dreams and mysterious healing, shadowed by a deadly justice.

Aided by two local curanderos, or healers, American anthropologist Timothy Knab embarks on a spellbinding adventure of sacred Aztec rituals and mystical dream journeys into Talocan, the underworld of gods and lost souls. Along the way, he begins to understand the Aztec belief system and the art of healing, as well as the dark past of San Martín--infamous throughout Mexico for its brujos, or witches, and a mysterious "War of Witches" fifty years earlier that may never have ended.

Part murder mystery, part soaring supernatural dream tales--all informed by serious anthropological research--A War of Witches will keep you breathless and on the edge of your seat from the very first page to the explosive revelations in the final chapter.

About the Author:

Timothy J. Knab has spent decades researching and working with contemporary Aztecs in Mexico. He is a curandero; a former anthropology professor at the National University of Mexico; a visiting lecturer at Wellesley College and Tufts University; a professional chef and an acknowledged expert on Mexican and French cuisines; and the editor of A Scattering of Jades: Stories, Poems, and Prayers of the Aztecs.

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