Mayan Elder: 2012 Just Folklore for Profit

October 26, 2012

Guatemala’s Mayan people accused the government and tour groups of cynically perpetuating the myth that their calendar foresees the end of the world.

“We are speaking out against deceit, lies and twisting of the truth, and turning us into folklore-for-profit. They are not telling the truth about time cycles,” said Felipe Gomez, leader of the Maya alliance Oxlajuj Ajpop.

Gomez points out that their government (and tour companies) are actively promoting a belief that is contrived, and contrary to that of the indigenous people of Guatemala. For example the The Culture Ministry is running a huge event in Guatemala City to coincide with the “end of the world” and they expect 90,000 people will attend.

Gomez’s group said the new Maya time cycle simply “means there will be big changes on the personal, family and community level, so that there is harmony and balance between mankind and nature”.

That’s the modern interpretation. Unfortunately the last time the Long Count calendar ended pre-dated the Maya, and nobody really knows what happened.


5 Responses to “Mayan Elder: 2012 Just Folklore for Profit”

  1. Steven on October 26th, 2012 9:40 am

    Ive noticed many '' Mayan '' groups are making comments like this.It annoys me as I dont believe they have any more idea about the original Maya or prophesy than anyone else does. They have no direct link with their ancestors and have mixed blood and culture with the Spanish and others for 400 years. I understand their government are exploiting the revenue opportunities, but I'd be amazed if they didnt!
    I still believe we will see world changing events and I know as much, or as little, as the so called '' modern Mayans''
    text right here!

  2. Carlos on October 26th, 2012 4:23 pm

    Excuse me, "Mayan" groups? They don't know about the "original Maya?" They are 100% Mayan, direct ancestors of the ones who created the calendar. Guatemala is not 100% mixed race, the majority of Guatemala is very indigenous and they've been living the same way they always have. With such a corrupt government they've never had support so in a way they've been isolated for more than 400 years.

    -Mixed Guatemalan (Maya/European)

  3. bast on October 26th, 2012 8:43 pm

    Direct ancestry does not necessarily equate to knowledge. An Egyptian cab driver who is directly descended from those who built the pyramids cannot tell me how they did it, no more than a London Drui leader can tell me what the purpose of Stonehenge is.

  4. End of Time on December 18th, 2012 4:39 pm

    Can you really be that stupid? So you are basing your beliefs on a hunch, great way to conduct your life.. Only a moron would have views like this. Maybe you should build a time machine and travel into the future to see what actually happens.

  5. Steve on December 21st, 2012 10:41 am

    bast: There is a difference in ethnic culture and knowledge passed down, and membership by choice to a spiritual group. Comparing Druids, a fairly religious pagan group, with an ethnic race, is stretching it a bit. However, despite this, there is nothing to say those "Druids" or "Mayans" haven't taken a great interest in their culture and history, be it through belief, song, dance, written word etc, things endemic to the culture itself. An Egyptian no matter his or her profession, may well know how his ancestors built the pyramids, the same as i know my ancestors (in my case Celts) farmed, sang, worshipped, lived and so on. There is nothing odd about taking pride and interest in ones culture and its history.

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