New Release: The Smell of Rain on Dust

Posted by – April 20, 2015
Categories: Indigenous Cultures & Anthropology New Release Psychology & Personal Growth

SmellofRainInspiring hope, solace, and courage in the face of loss, author and Tzutujil Mayan shaman Martín Prechtel shares profound insights on the relationship between grief and praise—and how modern culture has suppressed our ability to fully and honestly express our feelings of loss. In today’s world, grief is something we usually experience in private, and is subject to societal expectations: only outwardly expressing grief for the “appropriate” prescribed amount of time, maintaining a stiff upper lip in public, and finding a way to just get on with our lives. This is not only spiritually and psychologically unhealthy, but prevents us from expressing true joy and praise for our loved ones. As Prechtel says, “Grief expressed out loud for someone we have lost… is in itself the greatest praise we could ever give them. Grief is praise, because it is the natural way love honors what it misses.”

Weaving indigenous myth, ancient tradition, and practical, always-timely wisdom, The Smell of Rain on Dust is a must-read for anyone experiencing the pain of loss. It will help readers discover and create beauty in grief, honoring the loved ones lost with all that they deserve, and leading audiences on the path to healing.

About the author

MPrechtel copyA leading thinker, writer, and teacher in the search for the indigenous soul in all people, Martín Prechtel is a dedicated student of eloquence, history, and language. In his native New Mexico, Martín teaches at his international school, Bolad’s Kitchen. Here, students learn through a hands-on historical and spiritual immersion into language, music, ritual, farming, cooking, smithing, architecture, clothing, and animal raising, using tools, story, grief, and humor to remember and retain the majesty of their diverse origins.

Tags: Grief & Loss Shamanism Martín Prechtel
About the Author

Marina is the Marketing & Digital Programs Coordinator at North Atlantic Books. After living in New Orleans and Amsterdam, and exploring a couple of continents, she returned to the San Francisco Bay Area to work at NAB. She's passionate about astrology, nonfiction books, and sustainable living, as well as all things metaphysical.