Napo Tarot by Betty Lopez (Creator), Napo (Illustrator): A card-by-card feature by Tarot Zamm.
“The inspiration for the Napo Tarot is based on Argentinean myth, culture, and history. Just as the man from the pampas knows what direction to take in the night by reading the stars, so too does the woman from the pueblo know how to read the archetypal images of the cards with speed and intuition.” – From the Napo Tarot
The well-known Argentinian artist Napo uses a bold primitive art style to showcase the vibrant colours and life-forms in this exciting tarot deck.
Product Details (Amazon.com)
Cards: 78 pages
Publisher: U.S. Games Systems (December 1998)
Product Dimensions: 5 x 2.9 x 1.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 9.3 ounces
Goodreads rating: really liked it 4.00
Annabel lawson – April 6, 2009
4.0 out of 5 stars – passion, colour and inspiration
I ordered the Napo deck because I was bewitched by the vibrant colours. The images on screen are always deceptive because they are backlit and the originals can never be quite as luminous or incandescent. Even so this is almost the most artistically satisfying deck that I own. The interpretations follow the Rider-Waite faithfully.
The English key word and the Spanish translation appear at the head and foot of each card in painted letters. Thus it is a good deck for beginners still needing a prompt and a strong projection of mood or story.
Argentinian folklore is woven into these images which refresh the reader if he or she has become too accustomed to an Old World taxonomy. The illustrations are curved cubism – flagrantly futurist but as you gaze into them they are far from abstract. Passion and magic burst into every corner.
All the characters in these images could only be from Latin America, they’re almost pastiche. But they represent the here and now. The Five of Swords shows a spiv like fellow, dejected but still tilting at unseen oppressors. The Devil is trashily attractive but be warned, those smiling idiots in the corner are chained. Wealth seems to make the actors weary. The Moon lady’s right eye is obscured by a sickle moon which appears to have been thrown into her face. She sees only in two dimensions, perspective is missing.
So there you are. A lot of work adapting to a world where even the Star and The World look a trifle cynical but clients love these cards.