Judith Kerrigan Ribbens
WRITER, ARTIST, PHOTOGRAPHER
subpage THE YUCATAN
THE SERPENT AND THE JAGUAR
THE PREDOMINANT METAPHOR inherent in this book is the conflict between The Serpent, in the form of "snakes-in-the-grass", or as Anna and Lindy call them, the "human snakes", as well as the actual snake used to threaten Anna and her children, and The Jaguar, Anna herself, who is forced to defend her "territory" and the lives of her children against an unknown danger coiled and waiting to undermine their lives. After the extreme trauma of her previous journey to the Yucatan, Anna has no desire to return, but events conspire to send her back, in the form of danger to Lindy, the young woman Anna has come to regard as another daughter. Both Green Bay and the Yucatan become the setting for her hunt for answers.
Anna's concern for children is intense. As she writes in her journal, all she ever wanted was to be a wife and mother and she loved her role, identifying closely with it. She was profoundly shocked to learn of the sale of children for sex slavery. While learning these evils happen is one level of shock, it is quite another for Anna to meet another woman whose child was stolen from her, as she did when Ramon told her of Adelina's loss, to witness Adelina's bravery as carefully controlled pain, and to listen to her hope that maybe, just maybe, her youngest child could, after so many years, still live. Another underlying motive then, for Anna's actions, is the desire to rescue children from this horror.
The symbols at left are Mayan and to be read as "child of man" and "child of woman" respectively. They are the closest approximation to "boy" and "girl" I was able to find so far.
Given that there are over 25 different Mayan dialects, some of them even as different as English and Chinese, it was difficult to choose just how to portray those words. This is my own solution, and not Anna's.
COLORS OF THE GREEN ANACONDA
They come in different colors. Google them. They're very pretty. I like looking at snakes. I do not like touching them.
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the Yucatan...a fascinating part of the world.
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