Monday, December 18, 2006

 

How to Select the Sexiest Playmates, Husbands & Wives


BOOK REVIEW

How to Measure the Sex Drive of Men & Women by Their Facial Features presents detailed guidelines for reading and interpreting the facial features that are directly linked to the sexual nature of the individual. Author Boye Lafayette De Mente offers guidelines for selecting sexiest playmates, husbands & wives. E-book available from diesel-ebooks.com.

YOU CAN BECOME AN EXPERT AT "PEOPLE-SEXING"
You can become an expert at “people-sexing” in moments using classic face-reading principles established ages ago by Chinese connoisseurs of sensual pleasure, or so says author Boyé Lafayette De Mente.

Internationally known for his pioneer books on the role of culture and language in the business practices of the Chinese, Japanese and Koreans, De Mente says there is a genetic link between the size, shape and “quality” of the facial features and the built-in sexuality of individuals.

Now a resident of Paradise Valley, Arizona, De Mente studied the art and principles of face reading in China and Japan in the 1950s and 60s, wrote a book entitled Face-Reading for Fun & Profit, and gained some fame as a face-reader in the 1970s by appearing on What’s My Line in New York, and lecturing around the country.
De Mente says that some 60 of the 114 facial features described and illustrated in Face-Reading for Fun & Profit, particularly those involving the eyebrows, lips and mouth, are directly related to the sensual nature of the individual. “This sensual orientation of face reading apparently came about because of the extraordinary interest ancient Chinese physicians and scholars developed in the relationship between the facial features, health, sexual attractiveness, popularity of the individual, and success in life,” he adds.

De Mente notes that the sensual readings of the primary facial features, such as the size and shape of the mouth and the shape and thickness of the lips, are so obvious that most people accept them instinctively, while readings based on more subtle features are less obvious and their acceptance requires professional insight.

De Mente presents guidelines for what he calls “people-sexing” (the term is a play on chicken-sexing from the chicken hatching industry) in the illustrated digital books: Measuring the Sexuality of Men & Women by Their Facial Features; and Sexual Profiles of Famous People--available from www.diesel-ebooks.com

De Mente is the author of 60-plus other books on the business ethics, culture and languages of China, Japan, Korea and Mexico.

To see a full list of his books go to: www.phoenixbookspublishers.com.

Copyright 2007 by Boye Lafayette De Mente. [This article may be freely copied, published and otherwise used with the author's bylined and copyright notice.]


Tuesday, December 13, 2005

 

KATA--The Key to Understanding and Dealing with the Japanese, by Boye Lafayette De Mente


Book Review:

Author Says Kata (kah-tah)
Are Japan’s Secret Weapon

KATA: The Key to Understanding & Dealing with the Japanese, by Boye Lafayette De Mente. Tuttle Publishing. ISBN: 0-8048-3386-9. Quality trade paperback. 168 pages. $14.95. Available from Amazon.com and from other book distributors and booksellers worldwide.

There are now many books that explain how the Japanese do things. This is the first (and only) book, ever, that explains why the Japanese think and behave the way they do.

Veteran Japanologist Boyé Lafayette De Mente, author of more than 30 books on Japan, says that the attitudes, behavior and character of the Japanese have traditionally been shaped by kata (kah-tah), which he defines as “cultural molds.”

De Mente says there is a precise, identifiable kata—which means “process” or “way of doing things”—for virtually everything facet of Japanese behavior, from eating, reading, writing, speaking, walking, sitting, drinking, thinking, to you name it, and there is a specific Japanese way of doing it.

These dozens of kata, De Mente says, are directly responsible for virtually all of the traits and talents that make the Japanese different from other people, and for the incredible economic success tiny, resource-poor Japan achieved in less than thirty years after suffering a devastating defeat in World War II.

De Mente says that just one of these cultural molds—kaki-kata (kah-kee-kah-tah), or “way of writing,” has had and continues to have a profound influence on the traits and talents of the Japanese.

In this case, kaki-kata refers to the way of writing the several thousand ideographic characters with which the Japanese write their language. These characters consist of one to as many as 17 precise lines or strokes that must be done in a precise way and in a precise order to be correct.

The Japanese learn how to write (draw is a better word) these characters as children—a process, De Mente says, that compels them to learn patience, diligence, precision, form, order, makes them acutely aware of spatial relationships, and hones their manual dexterity.

De Mente adds that kangae-kata (kahn-guy-kah-tah) or “way of thinking,” is another of these precise “molds” in which the Japanese have been “cast” since ancient times. He says that Japanese who do not follow the precise patterns of behavior established by the traditional kangae-kata stick out like sore thumbs, and if they persist, may be ostracized.

Simply stated, KATA—The Key to Understanding and Dealing with the Japanese is the most insightful and useful book ever done on the Japanese way of thinking and doing things—and should be in the hands of everyone who has or plans to have anything to do with Japan.


To see a full list and descriptions of the author's books, go to: www.phoenixbookspublishers.com.

 

Asian Face Reading: Unlock the Secrets Hidden in the Human Face, by Boye Lafayette De Mente


Book Review:

ASIAN FACE READING – Unlock the Secrets Hidden in the Human Face, by Boye Lafayette De Mente. Tuttle Publishing. ISBN: 1-58290-067-1. Trade paperback, 128 pages. $8.95. Available from Amazon.com and worldwide from book distributors and other booksellers.

Everybody Does It—Automatically!
But Do You Know What You’re Reading?

Face-reading is as old as mankind (probably even older!), but few people have made a study of what the facial features say—silently—about the character and personality of a person.

Boye Lafayette De Mente, noted author of more than 50 pioneer books on China, Korea and Japan, says that the Chinese were the first to catalog the relationship between the facial features and the attitudes and behavior of people, making it possible to study and practice the art of face-reading.

More than three thousand years ago Chinese doctors and scholars began using face reading as a respectable analytical tool in all areas of life, from business and politics, but especially in matters relating to male and female relations.

As it turned out, more than half of the facial features of an individual have a direct correlation with his or her built-in sexuality—and the silent signals these features send to others.

The headings in this provocative book are self-explanatory: The ABCs of Face Reading; What the Forehead Foretells; What the Eyebrows Reveal; Reading the Eyes; What the Nose Shows; Messages from the Mouth; and Check Those Ears!

De Mente goes on to comment on the reality of face reading, and adds some advice on how you can change your fortune by changing your face (which women do all of the time with eyebrow shaping, lipstick, rouge, etc., many without realizing the message they are sending).

In the 1970s a number of leading American companies began to hire face readers to help them decide on who to hire and who to promote. Knowing what your facial strengths and weakness are might help you career-wise and well as love-wise.

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The Japanese Samurai Code--Classic Strategies for Success, by Boye Lafayette De Mente


Book Review:

Positive Factors in the Samurai Code
That Enhance Skills and Performance

THE JAPANESE SAMURAI CODE—Classic Strategies for Success, by Boye Lafayette De Mente. Tuttle Publishing. ISBN: 0-8048-3652-3. Quality trade paperback. 206 pages. $12.95. Available from Amazon.com and worldwide from book distributors and booksellers.


Japanologist Boye Lafayette De Mente says that Japan’s transformation from a warrior-dominated agrarian society to a modern industrial nation between 1870 and 1890, and its recovery from the destruction of World War II to become the second largest economy in the world in less than thirty years, were achieved as a result of cultural traits the Japanese inherited from their samurai ancestors.

In The Japanese Samurai Code De Mente identifies the character traits in the samurai code of ethics that made these incredible transformations possible and explains how they can be applied today by anyone to enhance their own personal skills and performance.

Among the compelling chapters in the book: Zen in the Japanese Mindset; The Indulgent Love Way of Doing Business; The Power of Dignity; The Power of Kata; The Pefectionism Factor; The “Peace of Mind” Culture; Looking for a Third Eye; Knowing Without Being Told; The Advantage of Fuzzy Thinking; and The Advantage of Having Eight Million Gods.

De Mente’s other 30-plus books on Japan include:


Japan’s Cultural Code Words—233 Key Terms that Explain the Attitudes and Behavior of the Japanese
KATA—The Key to Understanding and Dealing with the Japanese.
And the pioneer book:
Japanese Etiquette & Ethics in Business (first published in 1959 and now in its 7th edition).

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To see a full list, with descriptions, of books by the author go to: www.phoenixbookspublishers.com.








 

Samurai Strategies--42 Martial Secrets from Musashi's Book of Five Rings, by Boye Lafayette De Mente


Book Review:

Book Touts Samurai Tactics

In Business and in War

SAMURAI STRATEGIES: 42 Martial Secrets from Musashi’s Book of Five Rings, by Boye Lafayette De Mente. Tuttle Publishing. ISBN: 0-8048-3693-3. Quality paperback. 128 pages. $12.95. Available from Amazon.com and from other book distributors and booksellers worldwide.


The astounding transformation of tiny, resource-poor Japan into the world’s second largest economy in less than 30 years was due to the ongoing influence of the ancient samurai code of ethics—a code that produced the most skilled swordsmen the world has ever seen, and now makes the Japanese formidable competitors in business.

The most famous combat strategist in Japanese history was Musashi Miyamoto, a samurai warrior who lived from 1584 to 1645. Musashi fought his first duel when he was 13, killing a veteran warrior more than twice his age. By the time he was 29, he had killed over 60 other warriors in duels to the death, and was a legend in his own time.

Just before he died, Musashi recorded his philosophy, strategies and tactics in a short treatise entitled Go Rin Sho (Go Reen Show)— or “Book of Five Rings.”

Noted Japanologist and author Boye Lafayette De Mente has extracted the fundamentals of Musashi’s tactics from this esoteric little book and explained them in the modern context of business, politics and war.

Musashi’s strategies and tactics for winning—capsulated in Samurai Strategies by author De Mente—are as valid today as they were in 17th century Japan, and provide valuable insights for anyone in any field of endeavor—from business, war and sports to art, love and politics.

Among the more compelling topics in the book: The Illusion of Form; The Power of Emptiness; The Power of Silence; Seeing What Cannot be Seen; and The Head of a Rat and the Neck of a Bull.

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To see a full list, with descriptions, of books by the author go to: www.phoenixbookspublishers.com.






Monday, December 12, 2005

 

How to Measure the Sexuality of Men & Women by Their Facial Features



News Release:

How to Measure the Sexuality of Men & Women by Their Facial Features!

By Boyé Lafayette De Mente

Face-Reader Provides Detailed Guidelines
For Picking Most Passionate Partners

You can avoid the hit-and-miss method of selecting lovers and mates, and taking a chance on ending up with a “cold fish”—or so says internationally known author and face-reader Boyé Lafayette De Mente.


De Mente has published a manual entitled How to Measure the Sexuality of Men & Women by Their Facial Features that is based on folklore that goes back to ancient times.

According to De Mente, Chinese scholar-dilettantes were apparently the first to make detailed studies of the relationship between sexuality and facial features and to publish their findings.

He adds, “Of course, men and women have always used face-and-body-reading in their selection of sexual partners, but the majority have done so instinctively, automatically, without any formal knowledge.

“And some people like European Gypsies have long traditions of palm-and-face-reading in their cultures, but they did not focus specifically on facial features that relate to the sex-drive.”

Among the facial characteristics that De Mente says are powerful indicators of built-in sexuality are the size of the mouth, the thickness of the lips, the length of the space between the nose and the upper lip, the size of the eyes, the thickness and shape of the eyebrows, and the overall shape of the face.

De Mente notes that some of the points made in the manual (which is sub-titled “People-Sexing” after the profession of sexing young chicks to separate males from females), are obvious signs but most people ignore them in picking playmates and spouses.

“It seems that the immediate sexual needs fueled by unused hormones play more of a role in sexual selection than any of the more conspicuous facial signals,” he says.

De Mente also makes the obvious point that your facial features have a fundamental influence on how other people react to you, which, in turn has an impact on your chances for happiness and success in life.

“It therefore pays to know what both your handicaps and strengths are when it comes to your facial features,” he adds. “Women who pluck their eyebrows into thin lines, for example, are surely not aware of the message they are sending to men.”

In addition to detailing the sexual signals sent by the different facial features, the manual gives specific pointers on the sensual features to look for in men and women when you go out hunting.

The manual is available as a digital e-book from diesel-ebooks.com and other online book dealers, including Borders and Barnes and Noble.
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To see a full list, with descriptions, of books by the author go to: www.phoenixbookspublishers.com.


 

ONCE A FOOL -- From Tokyo to Alaska by Amphibious Jeep, by Boye Lafayette De Mente


News Release:

ONCE A FOOL – From Tokyo to Alaska by Amphibious Jeep

By Boyé Lafayette De Mente.

Two Adventurers Cross Pacific
In Tiny Jeep Called “Half-Safe”

In the spring of 1957 Tokyo-based American journalist Boyé Lafayette De Mente joined Australian adventurer Ben Carlin on an amphibious jeep called “HALF-SAFE” (named after a deodorant slogan “Don’t Be Half-Safe!”) on a journey from Japan to Alaska via the North Pacific, the Bering Sea and Shelikof Strait—an incredible adventure that made the Guinness Book of World Records.


De Mente was working for The Japan Times when Carlin arrived in Japan. During an interview, Carlin invited De Mente to join him on the last leg of the amazing odyssey. Despite warnings from his friends, and some unpleasant incidents with Carlin, De Mente agreed to join him on Half-Safe. (The unpleasant experiences were to multiply many times over!)

The two left Tokyo on May 1 and arrived in Anchorage, Alaska on September 1, precisely four months later. This is De Mente’s account of his experiences on Half-Safe—experiences that included one life-threatening encounter after another…not to mention the personal encounters with Carlin that came close to murder!

During the voyage the two encountered a Russian ship, seas of kelp, Japanese fishing nets, a great wall of water, sea lions, the raging waters of Shelikof Strait and an anchor-bending tide that carried the jeep more than 15 miles off-course.

The departure of Half-Safe from Japan and its arrival in Alaska was widely covered by the international press, including Life magazine.

If you have an adventurous spirit, or have ever dreamed about an ultimate travel adventure, Once A Fool will convince you that an amphibious jeep is not the ideal way to go.

Once a Fool is available to consumers (in both digital and paperback versions) from Amazon.com and other online booksellers, and to the book trade from Ingram Book Company and Baker & Taylor.
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To see a full list, with descriptions, of books by the author go to: www.phoenixbookspublishers.com.



 

Romantic Hawaii -- Sun, Sand, Surf & Sex, by Boye Lafayette De Mente


News Release:

Sensual Customs of Early Hawaiians
Delighted Sailors; Shocked Missionaries

When the first white men showed up in Hawaii in 1778 it was the middle of a long fall and winter festival during which various sexual techniques were demonstrated by nude hula dancers, couples engaged in a “bowling for partners” game, and people played various other competitive sports.


The foreign explorers assumed that the Hawaiians never worked and that sex was a universal sport—so to speak.

American missionaries who arrived a few years later soon put a stop to the enlightened sexual customs of the Hawaiians, and tried their best to completely and permanently ban hula dancing and surfing (in the nude, of course).

But as time passed and the first generation of missionaries went to their reward, surfing, hula dancing and the pursuit of sexual pleasures regained some of the ground they had lost.

Today’s Hawaii is not as laid back as it was in its pre-missionary days, but, as laid bare by author Boyé Lafayette De Mente in Romantic Hawaii, the sun, the sand, the surf and the islands still work their seductive magic on residents and visitors alike.

De Mente says that for vacationers, going to Hawaii is like a honeymoon whether they are newlyweds or not.

In addition to the sexual practices of the early Hawaiians and the clash of cultures when Europeans and Americans began arriving on the scene, De Mente also covers the appearance and role of the famous Beach Boys of Waikiki, who were as well known for their attraction to female visitors as for their prowess with surf boards and canoes.

De Mente covers the present-day scene by focusing on several categories of residents and visitors—from military servicemen to students on spring break, female office workers, the latest crop of beachcombers, and randy businessmen.

Romantic Hawaii is available (in both digital and paperback versions) to consumers from Amazon.com and other online booksellers, and to the book trade from the Ingram Book Company and Baker & Taylor.

If you haven’t already made up your mind to go to Hawaii on vacation, this book will help you decide.

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To see a full list, with descriptions, of books by the author go to: www.phoenixbookspublishers.com.



Sunday, December 11, 2005

 

ROMANTIC MEXICO – The Image & the Realities (The Charm, the Eroticism, the Magic & the Violence!), by Boyé Lafayette De Mente.


News Release:

Romantic Image of Mexico
Made in Hollywood—But!

The romantic image that most people have of Mexico was made in Hollywood—but it is not all fiction. In fact, it is valid enough that most people who go there with romance on their minds usually find it because it is in the air, says Arizona-based author Boyé Lafayette De Mente.


Romantic Mexico: The Images & the Realities (which the author describes as a “culture insight guide”) identifies and describes the exotic and erotic atmosphere of Mexico that makes it a happy hunting ground for men and women in search of romantic experiences.

De Mente says that Mexico owes its emphasis on the erotic to the macho cult brought to the country by the Arab-Moor-influenced Spanish conquistadores in the early 16th century, and to the new race of Spanish-Indian “Mestizoes” spawned by the hyper sexual Spanish conquerors and the administrators and soldiers who followed them.

For virtually all of the 300-year reign of Spain in Mexico, Spanish men, both those dispatched from Spain and those born in Mexico, had virtually free sexual access to both Indian and Mestizo women.

This situation, De Mente goes on, was unbearably frustrating to Mestizo men, and they compensated by behaving in an even more macho manner than their Spanish overlords.

“This same situation primed Mexican girls in sexuality from childhood on, but their behavior was extremely limited by the tenants of the all-powerful Catholic Church and by their fathers, brothers and husbands, making them even more frustrated than Mestizo males, who at least had access to mistresses and huge numbers of prostitutes,” he adds.

De Mente notes that the gradual emancipation of Mexican women since the mid-1950s and the accompanying erosion of the extremes of machoism in Mexico have given the urban areas of the country a kind of “sex-in-the-city” atmosphere...and he provides a number of do's and don'ts for visitors going to Mexico for romance.

Romantic Mexico is available (in both digital and paperback editions) to consumers from Amazon.com and other online booksellers, from Borders, Barnes and Noble and other retailers, and to the trade from Ingram Book Company and Baker & Taylor.

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To see a full list, with descriptions, of books by the author go to: www.phoenixbookspublishers.com.




 

Which Side of Your Brain Am I Talking To? - The Advantages of Using Both Sides of Your Brain


News Release:

WHICH SIDE OF YOUR BRAIN AM I TALKING TO? –
The Advantages of Using Both Sides of Your Brain! by Boyé Lafayette De Mente.

Author Says Women Disadvantaged

By Right-Brain Left-Brain Use

It is well-known that the two sides of the human brain are programmed to perform different functions. There is also growing evidence that sexual gender and the culture in which one is raised play primary roles in determining which side of the brain is engaged at particular times.


In a provocative book entitled Which Side of Your Brain Am I Talking To? – The Advantages of Using Both Sides of Your Brain, author Boyé Lafayette De Mente, known for his books on the cultures of China, Japan, Korea and Mexico, says that people can be divided into two groups—those who are primarily left-brain oriented, and those who are primarily right-brain oriented—and that only the Japanese and Polynesians are mainly right-brain oriented.

De Mente says that preponderance of vowels in the Japanese language programs the Japanese to be right brain oriented, while people who speak consonant heavy languages are conditioned to be left brain oriented.

“Since the right side of the brain is more concerned with emotional responses, human feelings, aesthetics and the like, this gives the Japanese considerable advantage in dealing with human relations, in thinking in holistic terms, and in the amount of energy and effort they put into achieving goals,” De Mente says.

He adds that it was the combined influence of right-brain left-brain thinking that made it possible for Japan to become the second largest economy in the world in just 30 years, after the country was devastated during World War II.

De Mente says that in left-brain societies, where men use hard and cold logic to explain themselves and get their way, women have to resort to right-brain emotional ploys and sexual approaches to avoid being totally controlled by men.

He argues that men in America and other countries must learn how and when to use the right sides of their brains more effectively if they are to avoid being led astray by the left-brain “cold logic” that often ignores the human side of life.

This book provides valuable insights in how people can improve their relationships, personally and professionally, and improve their skills in business and in any of the arts and crafts.

Which Side of Your Brain Am I Talking To? is available to consumers (in both digital and paperback editions) from Amazon.com and other online booksellers, as well as Borders, Barnes and Noble and other retailers. It is available to the trade from the Ingram Book Company and Baker & Taylor.

(De Mente’s latest book, Samurai Principles & Practices That Will Help Preteens & Teens in School, Sports, Social Activities & Choosing Careers, is also available from the above sources.)

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To see a full list, with descriptions, of books by the author go to: www.phoenixbookspublishers.com.




 

Cultural Code Words of the Navajo People, by Boye Lafayette De Mente

CULTURAL CODE WORDS OF THE NAVAJO PEOPLE – Key Terms that Reveal the History, Heart, Traditional Customs and Wisdom of the Navajos

By Boyé Lafayette De Mente.

Author Says Traditional Navajo Culture
Superior to Anglo Society in Many Ways

Navajo Indians now make up the largest group of Native Americans in the United States, and their Reservation—mostly in Arizona but also spilling over into New Mexico and Utah—is larger than some of the Eastern states.

The name “Navajo” is not as well known as “Comanche” or “Apache” because groups from those tribes continued their resistance against invading Americans into the 1880s and have been the subject of many movies, while the Navajo-American wars ended in the 1860s.

But, during the Spanish period in Arizona the Navajos were renowned as warriors and known as “Lords of the Land.”
The Navajos were relatively late-comers to the American Southwest, and they were few in number. But the Navajos thrived in their new homeland and as their numbers grew, the influence of their culture and language spread throughout the Southwest.

The arrival of Americans on the scene in the mid-1850s was nearly the undoing of the Navajos. The Anglos wanted their lands, and in the 1860s the U.S. Congress approved an all-out war against the Navajos.

In Cultural Code Words of the Navajo People author Boyé Lafayette De Mente, details how this war nearly wiped the Navajos out, and how it took them more than a hundred years to recover, and once again become a formidable people.

De Mente also reveals that rather than being primitive and savage, the Navajos were an intellectually and socially sophisticated people, with many customs that were more rational, more just, and more humane than many present-day practices.

He points out that the extraordinary accomplishments of the Navajos as poets, artists, environmentalists and healers were either unknown or ignored by the Anglo Americans of the 19th century.

De Mente notes that one of the few Americans who came to know the Navajos during the 20th century was John Collier, Commissioner of the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the 1930s.

Collier wrote: “As one’s knowledge of Navajo life increases, one learns that the Navajos have created out of their human material a house of wonder. Their intangible culture matches the splendor of their land. In terms of life—not goods—it is we who are poor, not the Navajos!”

De Mente’s use of key Navajo words as windows into the world of the Navajos is a novel approach that makes the insights come alive. The book is an easy read for the young and old alike

It is available to consumers (in both digital and paperback editions) from Amazon.com, other online booksellers, and bookstore chains such as Borders and Barnes and Noble. It is available to the trade from Ingram Book Company and Baker & Taylor.
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To see a full list, with descriptions, of books by the author go to: www.phoenixbookspublishers.com.

 

Cultural Code Words of the Hopi People, by Boye Lafayette De Mente


News Release:

CULTURAL CODE WORDS OF THE HOPI PEOPLE – Key Terms that Reveal the History, Heart, Traditional Customs & Wisdom of the Hopis,
by Boyé Lafayette De Mente.

Arizona’s Hopi Indians Say They
Arrived in New World on Large Rafts


The oral history of Arizona’s Hopi Indians tell them that they were the first human beings to inhabit the North and South American continents, and that they arrived from Asia aboard large rafts, island-hopping across the Pacific Ocean from Asia…not by the land bridge that once connected Alaska and Siberia.


The details of their arrival (apparently in what is now Guatemala), splitting up into groups and going in different directions to populate the two continents, are so detailed that it is hard to believe that they are no more than myths concocted for some ulterior purpose.

In this provocative book, Boyé Lafayette De Mente, known for his books on the cultures of China, Japan, Korea and Mexico, uses key Hopi words as windows to reveal the traditional beliefs, customs and spirit of the Hopi people--a novel , effective and memorable way of learning about the values and behavior of another people.

One of the most astounding things in the oral history of the Hopis is a graphic description of the cataclysmic changes that occurred to the surface of the earth when the magnetic North and South Poles switched.

Modern-day scientists say this event actually has occurred several times—the last time approximately one million years ago!

Just as astounding in the story of the Hopi is their tradition of prophecies and their incredible accuracy. They not only foresaw the coming of Europeans, they also detailed the arrival of railroads, airplanes and world wars.

Cultural Code Words of the Hopi People covers the Hopi story of how they populated the North and South American continents, and why they chose the barren, rocky mesas of northern Arizona as their final homeland. The word Hopi means “People of Peace.”

The book is available to consumers (in both digital and paperback versions) from Amazon.com and other online booksellers, and to the trade from Ingram Book Company and Baker & Taylor.

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To see a full list, with descriptions, of books by the author go to: www.phoenixbookspublishers.com.


 

Why Mexicans Think & Behave the Way They Do


News Release:

WHY MEXICANS THINK & BEHAVE THE WAY THEY DO! – The Cultural Factors that Created the Character & Personality of Mexicans,

by Boyé Lafayette De Mente.

Behavior of Mexican Men & Women
Attributed To Extreme Cultural Factors

Mexicans have a saying: Como México, no hay dos! (There is no other place like Mexico!), and author Boyé Lafayette De Mente not only agrees, he recounts in vivid and startling detail the cultural factors that created the character of both Mexican men and women.


He writes: “Mexico’s traditional values and morals were forged in a caldron of aggressive religious intolerance, corruption, racism, male chauvinism, and an elitist political system that connived with the Church to keep ordinary people ignorant and powerless, and deny them the most basic human rights.

“But the reality of Mexico, he adds, “has always been obscured behind a variety of masks—of piety, pride, courage, gaiety, indifference and stoicism.

He goes on to say that “Despite the fact that the traditional character of Mexicans is a mixture of medieval Catholicism, traditional Indian and Spanish authoritarianism, machoism and personalism, it has another face: an inherently joyful nature that manifests itself in music, singing, dancing and art.”

In this provocative book, De Mente relates how the sexual miscegenation policy of the Spanish conquistadors who destroyed the Aztec empire, and the Spanish administrators and military forces that followed them, created a new race of mix-bloods—mestizoes—whose only source of pride and dignity was in an extreme form of machoism and personalism that was to plague the country down to modern times.

De Mente also explains the Mexican view and use of time, of truth, of respect, of face, and the simpatico syndrome. He adds that the historical Catholic Church-inspired taboo against criticism of any kind—of any body about anything—was the primary factor in the continuation of the negative facets of Mexican culture until recent times.

Why Mexicans Think & Behave the Way They Do! should be of extraordinary interest and use to business people, teachers and students. De Mente not only points out the cultural pitfalls most people encounter when dealing with Mexicans, he provides pointers on how to avoid them and turn Mexican culture into a plus.

The book is available (in both digital and paperback versions) to consumers from Amazon.com and other online booksellers, and to the book trade from the Ingram Book Company and Baker & Taylor.

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To see a full list, with descriptions, of books by the author go to: www.phoenixbookspublishers.com.


 

Samurai Principles & Practices That Will Help Preteens & Teens in School, Sports, Social Activities & Choosing Careers


News Release:

Samurai Principles & Practices that will Help Preteens & Teens in School, Sports, Social Activities & Choosing Careers

by Boyé Lafayette De Mente.

Author Claims Samurai-Type Training
Could Help American Students Succeed

Japanologist and author Boyé Lafayette De Mente says that samurai-type training should be introduced into the American educational system, and has published a “samurai training manual” to help achieve that goal.


Internationally known for his books on Japanese culture and a recognized authority on the way of the samurai, the Paradise Valley, Arizona-based author has identified the principles and practices that made up the educational and training process of samurai youths and published them in a book entitled: Samurai Principles & Practices That Will Help Preteens & Teens in School, Sports, Social Activities & Choosing Careers.

The book covers all of the basics of the samurai training—setting goals, discipline, diligence, perseverance, respect for others and one’s self, personal appearance, keeping things in order, living frugally, using intuitive and emotional intelligence, and tapping into cosmic power.

Japan’s famous samurai warriors ruled the country from 1192 until 1868. De Mente says that during the latter centuries of their reign their training went beyond martial arts to include such cultural pursuits as poetry, painting, calligraphy, history, philosophy and social behavior, making them one of the most remarkable groups of people the world has ever seen.

Schooling in the skills and knowledge necessary to produce a samurai began in early childhood, and was a lifelong effort.

De Mente says that training in karate, kendo (“the way of the sword”) and meditation are paths to learning the skills, morality and motivation that made the samurai so successful, and recommends that this training be incorporated into the educational system of Western countries.

“The present-day systems of parenting and educating in the U.S. and elsewhere obviously fail to provide the physical, intellectual and emotional framework that youths need to even approach their full potential—and that now includes Japan,” he says.

“The introduction of American culture into Japan following the end of World War II in 1945 resulted in the virtual demise of samurai-type training of the young within a single generation,” he said.

“The negative effects of this cultural shift were painfully conspicuous by the 1980s, prompting a growing number of Japanese to individually take up training in kendo and the practice of meditation to reintroduce a sense of order and spiritual power into their lives.

“It was the spirit of the samurai,” De Mente continues, “that made it possible for tiny resource-poor Japan to become the world’s second largest economy in less than 30 years. Without that spirit, Japan will soon be just another kid on the block,” he added.

De Mente makes the obvious point that parents and teachers must take the lead in creating the environment necessary to build positive samurai-like qualities into the mindset and behavior of students.

The book is available to consumers (in both digital and paperback versions) from Amazon.com and other online booksellers, Borders Bookstores, Barnes & Noble, and other leading bookstores. It is distributed to the trade by Ingram Book Company, and by Baker & Taylor.

The book should especially appeal to the millions of students who are into Japanese-made manga (comics), video games, super secret agent ninjas, and samurai films.
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