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Mayan people call for end of doomsday myth


Posted on Saturday, 27 October, 2012 | Comment icon 36 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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The Guatamalan government has been accused of perpetuating the doomsday myth for financial gain.

As the end date of the ancient Mayan calendar approaches the Mayan people themselves are getting a little tired of being associated with the end of the world. Now some of them are speaking out in Guatemala because they believe the country's government has been perpetuating the myth deliberately to encourage tourism.

"We are speaking out against deceit, lies and twisting of the truth, and turning us into folklore-for-profit," said group leader Felipe Gomez. "They are not telling the truth about time cycles." Archaeologists have maintained that the end of the Mayan calendar simply represents the transition from one cycle to the next and not that the ancient people had predicted that December 21st 2012 was the end of the world.

"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."

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Comment icon #27 Posted by The Mule on 29 October, 2012, 10:41
...and if California slides into the ocean like the mystics and statistics say it will I beleive this hotel will be standing until I pay my bill - Warren Zevon
Comment icon #28 Posted by OverSword on 29 October, 2012, 14:43
It doesn't matter if the date is wrong because the Mayans never said anything about the end of the world. It's just the end of one B'ak'tun and the start of another. Just like our calendars go from December to January. Actually that's not correct. The end of a cycle isn't simply the begining of the next crop planting cycle that repeates itself year after year. The end of age cycles has much more to do with major changes in human spirituality. So the end of an age is actually associated with the growth and evolution of humanity therefore it really is a little like the end of the world.
Comment icon #29 Posted by OverSword on 29 October, 2012, 14:44
My prediction is this: On December 22nd I will still have to show up at my crappy job. You have to work on Saturdays? That sucks.
Comment icon #30 Posted by Tommy13 on 29 October, 2012, 15:28
OMG, can't believe they responded to dumb asses
Comment icon #31 Posted by Eldorado on 29 October, 2012, 16:20
OMG, can't believe they responded to dumb asses They want a casino.
Comment icon #32 Posted by JGirl on 29 October, 2012, 16:26
they've got my vote
Comment icon #33 Posted by Imaginarynumber1 on 29 October, 2012, 23:01
Actually that's not correct. The end of a cycle isn't simply the begining of the next crop planting cycle that repeates itself year after year. The end of age cycles has much more to do with major changes in human spirituality. So the end of an age is actually associated with the growth and evolution of humanity therefore it really is a little like the end of the world. Your problem is that you are seeing the end of the 13th baktun in a very ethnocentric way. It has been appropriated by the new agers and all the ridiculousness of "spiritual"anything or any change in humanity is simply not what... [More]
Comment icon #34 Posted by etienne on 30 October, 2012, 11:29
They are right. We should have fun of it at least. Thats what www.goldenprophets.com is doing. Quite funny.
Comment icon #35 Posted by OverSword on 30 October, 2012, 15:52
Your problem is that you are seeing the end of the 13th baktun in a very ethnocentric way. It has been appropriated by the new agers and all the ridiculousness of "spiritual"anything or any change in humanity is simply not what the Mayans believed. It was the end of one baktun and the start of another. To the Mayans, this was the destruction and creation of the world. That's it. Anything else is new age flimflammery. Besides, they couldn't even predict their own end and they were still recording things like eclipses that were to occur after the start of the 14th baktun. It was more like 1999 t... [More]
Comment icon #36 Posted by Rlyeh on 2 November, 2012, 6:43
Actually that's not correct. The end of a cycle isn't simply the begining of the next crop planting cycle that repeates itself year after year. The end of age cycles has much more to do with major changes in human spirituality. So the end of an age is actually associated with the growth and evolution of humanity therefore it really is a little like the end of the world. Nothing more than unsubstantiated garbage.


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