Sastun (Belize)

The full title of this little book is Sastun One Woman’s Apprenticeship with a Maya Healer and Their Efforts to Save the Vani by Rosita Arvigo.  A big title for a little book, but an accurate one.

I know that many people in the western world think that herbs, plants and hands on healing are not safe, but I have always disagreed with this. Originally most of our medicine that is in pill form came from plants. Now, it is all manufactured chemicals that copy what the plants do, but with more side effects. OK, off the soap box.

In this book the more that Rosita learns the more she comes to realize that conservation of the forest is what is going to save the planet. This book is not written in a preachy way, it is very much about going and seeing Don Elijio, and the things that he teaches her. It is about the people of the village, and their life in Belize.

There is talk of the Maya Gods in here but it is limited. There is talk of prayers, and there is one ritual an induction ceremony that is mentioned but it is not gone into detal of the steps taken.

I enjoyed this book. It made me want to go out there and see what plants need saving, and what knowledge that we in our “on demand” society are missing.


‘”The human spirit can be plagued by as many troubles and the body,” he said.’


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