By Timothy Knab

An overheard plot to cast off an undesirable son-in-law starts this enthralling and superb trip into the Aztec underworld—a global of magical goals and mysterious therapeutic, shadowed through a dangerous justice.Aided through neighborhood curanderos, or healers, American anthropologist Timothy Knab embarks on a spellbinding experience of sacred Aztec rituals and mystical dream trips into Talocan, the underworld of gods and misplaced souls. alongside the best way, he starts off to appreciate the Aztec trust process and the paintings of therapeutic, in addition to the darkish prior of San Mart?n—infamous via Mexico for its brujos, or witches, and a mysterious “War of Witches” fifty years past that could by no means have ended.Capturing time and position as absolutely as a jeweler units a stone, Knab chronicles his non secular immersion into the modern Aztec tradition and, eventually, his awesome transformation into an real curandero.Part homicide secret, half hovering supernatural dream tales—all proficient by means of critical anthropological research—A battle of Witches will maintain you breathless and at the fringe of your seat from the first actual web page to the explosive revelations within the ultimate bankruptcy.

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There I prayed most of the morning. I W E N T D ow N prayed in Spanish, Latin, and Nahuat. I said the Credos, Ave Marias, and Pater Nosters I remembered from my days as an altar boy. Rubia was fond of the old way of praying in Latin. There was somehow a great affiniry beween this and her prayers in Nahuat that I was also beginning to feel. Afier finishing the prayers, I left offerings for almost every saint in the church. When I returned, Inocente had left, and Lupe had finished cooking the bird.

With all those prayers, those alpixqrre, 'the water ones,' will surely help you," she reassured me. My head was spinning. " THE A C R I D , OF P I N E Y GOPAL S M O K E INCENSE H U N G XN T H E A I R mked with the state smell of tobarno smoke. All night a single votive candle burned on the altar table, casting eerie, moving shadows on the portraits of saints and ancestors. fO A W A R QF: WITCHES Many times that night I awoke in the candle's strange, yellowish glow. The Bickering of the light on the saints and ancestors contrasted with the &salute darkness under the dtar, &ere the earth Lords dwelt, These visions and the events of the day entered into and influenced my dreams, X am certain, but there w r e other things in them that I couldrit really see or remember clearly.

I was kneeling at the altar, and there was a great, large priest with a huge gold cloak, chanting. The priest was in front of me, so that I could only see his back. There were others there in white and in black, all praying, but I couldlit understand them. The altar was high and shiny, not gold but maybe silver. It sparkled, and I could not see much of it in the smoke. One of the acolytes fell over. Everyone there was praying except me, and then the priest turned. He was big and black with large eyes, and he threw me into the faces 54 A WAR O F W I T C H E S that were praying there.

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