3 out of 4 stars
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In the year of the Water Tiger, Mahataa was born on July 27, 1902. Mahataa's cry could be heard for miles when she was born. Living on the island of Okinawa, Mahataa is part Chinese, Portuguese, Central Asian, and Native North American. An unexpected and terrible storm followed her birth and lasted for only a few minutes. Mahataa had chosen the family to be incarnated into with the assistance of the Original Wise Ones, who came before humanity. A Dark Sorceress visited her family and brought a wooden box of sweets after her birth, claiming closeness to her because she knew her in another life. Her Great-Grandmother threw the sweets out the birth room window with the intent to bury them after their other guests left, keeping a secret she could not share with the others. The next day, she finds the wooden box open with two dead animals beside it. She quickly gathers what she needs for a protection ceremony. The ceremonial paste between Mahataa's eyebrows left an indigo stain that matched the blue spot on her tailbone. What is the secret her Great-Grandmother is keeping? What are the intentions of the Dark Sorceress? Why is Mahataa special? What does the blue spot on her tailbone signify?
My Name Is Mahataa by Jikun Kathy Sankey has many positive aspects that readers can learn from. Greed, anger, and delusion play a large part in our everyday lives if we allow it. One of my favorite lessons is the reasoning behind eating until you are only 80% full. It makes a lot of sense. Another one is the definition of a true leader and what leadership should entail. The mystery behind the number 108 is fascinating. Jikun Kathy Sankey has done a fantastic job with the character development in this book. Each character was realistic, and it was easy to visualize and empathize with each of them. The story is told from Mahataa's perspective and reads more like a memoir than fiction. The book is well-written, and the plot flows smoothly. The author has included professional illustrations of hexagrams and the lotus positions used in meditation.
The only negative aspect of this book is the author's inconsistent use of ending quotation marks. This inconsistency results in over ten errors in the book, and a professional editor would have noticed them.
The missing quotation marks did not distract from my reading pleasure, and I gladly give this book 3 out of 4 stars. The book would deserve four stars if professionally edited as there were only minimal errors other than the quotation marks.
Although the book is officially recommended to the 10-18 age group, I recommend it to readers older than 16 because younger readers will have a hard time understanding the book's complexity. Anyone interested in Buddhism, Yin and Yang, meditation, or reincarnation will enjoy reading this book. If you find any of these topics offensive, you will need to avoid this book.
My Name Is Mahataa
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