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Chavin stirrup-spouted jar

The Jaguar of the Backward Glance

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I discovered this intriguing bit of werecat mythology while doing research for the forthcoming, final installment of my Werecat series: The Sim Ru Prophecy. In Chavin culture, a pre-Incan civilization that resided in the region of modern day Peru, potters made clay jars shaped like seated, curled cats. Like ancient Amerindian artwork elsewhere, the cat’s head is exaggerated, almost cartoonish, but the rosette spots are suggestive of the jaguar, which thrived in the region at the time.

In honor of Banned Books Week

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It’s that great time of the year when the American Library Association (ALA) celebrates the right to read without censorship. Here are some of my favorite “banned books.”