- Taschenbuch: 298 Seiten
- Verlag: Dancing Chiva (23. Januar 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0988797003
- ISBN-13: 978-0988797000
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 1,7 x 22,9 cm
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Metaphysical Odyssey Into the Mexican Revolution: Francisco I. Madero and His Secret Book, Spiritist Manual (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 23. Januar 2014
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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
C.M. Mayo is the author of The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, a novel based on the true story and named a Library Journal Best Book 2009, and published in Spanish translation by award-winning Mexican writer and poet Agustín Cadena as El último príncipe del Imperio Mexicano in 2010. Mayo is also the author of Miraculous Air, a widely-lauded memoir of travels Mexico's Baja California peninsula, and of Sky Over El Nido, which won the Flannery O'Connor Award for short fiction. A long-time resident of Mexico City and an avid literary translator, Mayo is also editor of Mexico: A Traveler's Literary Companion. Her website is www.cmmayo.com
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“Spiritist” was a new term for me, but it turns out that it is an older movement than the historical “spiritualist” movement, stemming from Swedenborg, and Mayo says that the spiritists differ in that they believe in reincarnation. Neither a believer nor a doubter, Ms. Mayo takes us on this trip through history blithely like some ghost of Christmas past as played by Carol Kane in the Bill Murray movie, SCROOGED. I can think of no better way to describe my delight at her witty asides and wordplay.
Perhaps the best book I've read in in the last six months.
Catherine M. Mayo does a brilliant job combining the known facts of the Mexican Revolution and Madero's role within it, and creates an intellectual bridge to the president's spiritist belief structure. He was not the hopeless idealist so many historians have proclaimed him to be. Neither was he inept or indecisive. Rather, his personality was deeply rooted in a sharply defined vision for a future Mexico. His inclusion of friend and foe in a revolutionary cadre of leaders, that ultimately proved his downfall, set the stage for real governance: The inclusion of all, the agreement of a whole people on a new social contract guided by justice, democracy, due process, and law. His belief in a cosmic energy that can be summoned and called upon to help overcome the past and pave the way to the future guided his decisions. The Spiritist Manual is the document in which he put into words what guided him in his quest to save Mexico from herself. He never lived to see the final signature under the new social contract that was not completed until many years later, in the 1940s. But his spirit, his unselfish, uncompromising, deeply rooted beliefs, remained... With her translation of the Spiritist Manual, Catherine Mayo opened this incredible window into the metaphysical side of the Mexican Revolution that might otherwise have been forgotten.
The last third translates Madero’s "Manuel Espirito", concerning the meaning of life. Those who are familiar with the ideas of New Thought, Swedenborg, metaphysical churches, the Bhagavad Gita, White Brotherhood, reincarnation or the Theosophists will find themselves on familiar ground, but the manuel, laid out in a format of Q & A, makes the Mysteries so simple that even readers with no spiritualist background will find themselves drawn in. By the time I finished I wished for a Don Francisco Madero to guide us today, a politican who is also a mystic and intellect.