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([personal profile] sunfell posting in [community profile] 2012 Aug. 31st, 2009 11:23 am)
Mayan Thoughts

Western pop culture is full of mis and dis-information. And one of the things on the horizon is the supposed 'end of the world' in 2012. I created this site to spread a little Light and perhaps some common sense. Of course, the noise of the End of the Worlders will probably drown out my own signal, but I'll keep trying.

Here, in the spirit of rationality, is an article about the Maya Elders and their opinion on the whole thing. I've always believed that going to the source is a good thing:

The World will Not End


Carlos Barrios was born into a Spanish family on El Altiplano, the highlands of Guatemala. His home was in Huehuetenango, also the dwelling place of the Maya Mam tribe. With other Maya and other indigenous tradition keepers, the Mam carry part of the old ways on Turtle Island (North America). They are keepers of time, authorities on remarkable calendars that are ancient, elegant and relevant.


Mr. Barrios is a historian, an anthropologist and investigator. After studying with traditional elders for 25 years since the age of 19, he has also become a Mayan Ajq'ij, a ceremonial priest and spiritual guide, Eagle Clan.


Years ago, along with his brother, Gerardo, Carlos initiated an investigation into the different Mayan calendars. He studied with many teachers. He says his brother Gerardo interviewed nearly 600 traditional Mayan elders to widen their scope of knowledge.


"Anthropologists visit the temple sites," Mr. Barrios says, "and read the stelas and inscriptions and make up stories about the Maya, but they do not read the signs correctly. It’s just their imagination...Other people write about prophecy in the name of the Maya. They say that the world will end in December 2012. The Mayan elders are angry with this. The world will not end. It will be transformed. The indigenous have the calendars, and know how to accurately interpret it, not others."
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