A Pilgrimage; Listening To The Voices Of The Winds, Part 4 of 6. Invisible Winds and Hungry Ghosts
I’m returning to the themes of consumption and extraction, feasting and fasting, and of the ancient animate winds with unseen breath psyche of Earth, and with gigantic wind farm in the Firth of The Forth. In this Museletter l’m deepening into the work of Martin Prechtel and 'hungry ghosts' exploring with the eyes, ears, heart and more of an ancient nature-based Mayan culture. Here 'hungry ghosts is not the same a psychologising in the way Gabor Mate does, so well, l may add. Hungry ghosts refers to our relations with our ancestors and more specifically l will explain below. A dear friend brought my attention to this rich and deep work. l was already familiar with his beautiful writing such as The Smell of Rain on Dust; Grief and Praise. In exploring hungry ghosts further l stumbled upon an interview with him by Derrick Jensen, an American ecophilosopher, radical environmentalist, and anti-civilization advocate, published in The Sun Magazine over 20 years ago in April 2001 entitled Saving the Indigenous Soul: An Interview with Martin Prechtel. I’m bringing his work here humbly, hopefully not as a way by extraction of another culture, but in deep listening, honouring, wondering, learning, and remembering what Western industrial growth societies have forgotten, in fact, nearly completely and violently destroyed.
Prechtel’s life is a book in itself but in brief for the purpose of this Museletter, he was raised on a Pueblo Indian Reservation in New Mexico in a pre-European culture with its deep honouring of beauty he witnessed being destroyed, ‘eaten’ by “white man’s ways”. He unexpectedly ended up in Guatamala where he found himself apprenticing to Nicolas Chiviliu one of the most known Tzutujil Mayan shamans. In order to keep the rites he then learned safe, he was forced to leave during the civil war when the ancient Mayan rites of 1,000 years were outlawed, supported by the U.S. Prechtel notes the importance of undermining the language of people conquered, (like Gaelic in Alba/Scotland and many other’s around Earth) where 1800 villagers were killed in 7 years either shot, poisoned, tortured, chopped up, beheaded, or disappeared in a place where a gunshot had not been heard before that time. Prechtel notes how every culture now has ancestors whose rituals, stories, languages, ways are taken. His language is rich and deep, of essence. Even so, l’m just going to highlight some of what he says to offer another way should there be resonances with you too for these times.
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