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Maya demand an end to doomsday myth

(AFP)

GUATEMALA CITY — Guatemala’s Mayan people accused the government and tour groups on Wednesday of perpetuating the myth that their calendar foresees the imminent end of the world for monetary gain.

“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,” charged Felipe Gomez, leader of the Maya alliance Oxlaljuj Ajpop.

Several films and documentaries have promoted the idea that the ancient Mayan calendar predicts that doomsday is less than two months away, on December 21, 2012.

The Culture Ministry is hosting a massive event in Guatemala City — which as many as 90,000 people are expected to attend — just in case the world actually does end, while tour groups are promoting doomsday-themed getaways.

Maya leader Gomez urged the Tourism Institute to rethink the doomsday celebration, which he criticized as a “show” that was disrespectful to Mayan culture.

Experts say that for the Maya, all that ends in 2012 is one of their calendar cycles, not the world.

Gomez’s group issued a statement saying that 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.”

Oxlajuj Ajpop is holding events it considers sacred in five cities to mark the event and Gomez said the Culture Ministry would be wise to throw its support behind their real celebrations.

More than half of Guatemala’s population of nearly 15 million are from indigenous groups of Mayan descent.

The Mayan calendar has 18 months of 20 days each plus a sacred month, “Wayeb,” of five days. “B’aktun” is the larget unit in the time cycle system, and is about 400 years. The broader era spans 13 B’aktun, or about 5,200 years.

The Mayan culture enjoyed a golden age between 250 AD and 900 AD.

Stop The 2012 Doomsday Myth! – Maya People Say

MessageToEagle.com – What will happen on December 21 this year?

What kind of answer you receive depends on who you ask. There will undoubtedly be those who say the world will come to an end. There will also be those who think the world will undergo some kind of transformation and of course, many people will lean back and just watch everything with a smile, confident this is just another ordinary day.

Several movie producers and authors are making big money on the Maya 2012 doomsday scenario. Maya leaders are also accusing the government in Guatemala and tour groups are perpetuating the myth that their calendar foresees the imminent end of the world for monetary gain. Several tourism groups are organizing “doomsday tours” .

Now, the people of Guatemala say they had enough of this nonsense and demand an end to this faked doomsday myth.

“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,” charged Felipe Gomez, leader of the Maya alliance Oxlaljuj Ajpop.

The ancient Maya calendar is being misinterpreted, Maya leaders say.
The Culture Ministry has announced there will be a massive event in the Guatemala City, just in case the world actually does end. Maya leader Gomez considers the doomsday celebration to be a “show” that is very disrespectful to the Maya culture and urges the Tourism Institute to rethink their position.

The Maya are saying that their ancient as well as modern calendars are being misinterpreted.

In a statement released by Oxlaljuj Ajpop, the end of the 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.”

In other words, all that ends in 2012 is one of Maya calendar cycles, not the world.

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