Mayan Folktales: Folklore from Lake Atitlán, Guatemala
If you’re looking for a children’s book of Guatemalan folktales – this is the book for you. Mayan Folktales: Folklore from Lake Atitlán, Guatemala covers a collection of tales from the Lake Atitlán area of Guatemala and is part of our children’s books set in Guatemala collection.
Here’s what the publisher says about these Mayan Folktales:
This collection of folklore offers a rich and lively panorama of Mayan mythic heritage. Here are everyday tales of village life; legends of witches, shamans, spiritualists, tricksters, and devils; fables of naguales, or persons who can change into animal forms; ribald stories of love and life; cautionary tales of strange and menacing neighbors and of the danger lurking within the human heart. These legends narrate origin and creation stories, explain the natural world, and reinforce cultural beliefs and values such as honesty, industriousness, sharing, fairness, and cleverness. Whether tragic or comic, fantastic or earthy, whimsical or profound, these tales capture the mystery, fragility, and power of the Mayan world.
Where is Lake Atitlán, Guatemala
Lake Atitlán is in Guatemala’s southwestern highlands. There are many Mayan villages and volcanoes in this area.
Or watch this video from someone’s visit to the area:
Using this book
- How to use children’s books to enhance a family trip
- Using children’s books to teach kids about other cultures
- Links to Mayan Folktales on Amazon
- More children’s books set in Guatemala
- More children’s folktales, fairtales, and myths from around the world
Check out this book on Amazon if you’re looking to teach your kids more about Mayan culture.