MAZATL IS THE ONGOING SACRED MUSIC PROJECT OF NY BASED SINGER / SONGWRITER PETER BRAGINO. THE NAME MAZATL IS DERIVED FROM AZTEC-NAHUATL ORIGINS. THE NAME’S MEANING IS “DEER”. BY THE BEGINNING OF 2015, THE DEER SPIRIT HAD BEEN WALKING WITH PETER FOR ALMOST FOUR YEARS. LITERALLY. HE CARRIED AROUND A LITTLE PLASTIC DEER THAT HIS GOOD FRIEND GILLY HAD GIFTED HIM. THE SMALL TOY DEER WAS WITH HIM WHEN HE TRAVELED DOWN TO TEOTIHUACAN MEXICO THAT SPRING FOR A SOUL JOURNEY AMIDST THE ANCIENT PYRAMID SITES. ON THE LAST NIGHT OF THE TRIP, THEY WERE ENTERTAINED BY A GROUP OF INDIGENOUS MEN FROM THE NAHUATL TRIBE.
Four of the journeyers were chosen to receive names from the diviner. As Bragino walked up to this weathered man he wondered what name he’d be given. In less than 5 seconds the diviner said “Mazatl”… They quickly asked, “What does that mean?” The wise elder replied, “Dignified and honorable deer.” When Bragino began creating sacred music, He found it only fitting to name the project MAZATL in honor of the deer spirit who had been walking alongside him and guiding his way.
Spirit of Mazatl
“The music is a reflection of a deep and profound spiritual walk. Through indigenous ceremonial practices, a solid connection to all living things has manifested. I consider this music a gift, a sacred message of love and beauty for all of us to enjoy. The lyrics speak of the soul, of community, of the sacredness of all things, of celebration, and most importantly of love. I’m honored to share the reflections and the spirit of these sacred songs with you!”