As December 21st comes closer, the Mayans of Guatemala are speaking out against what some are calling a government- and tour business-led effort to profit off a major misinterpretation of their traditions (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to these shows).
In the Huffington Post, Jaweed Kaleem quotes Felipe Gomez as saying, "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." (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show too!)
Kaleem quotes Gomez as saying that the Dec. 21 "doomsday" is actually the beginning of a new time cycle on the Mayan calendar and "means there will be big changes on the personal, family and community level, so that there is harmony and balance between mankind and nature."
Gomez and his fellow Mayan Guatemalans are especially disgusted by the "doomsday tour" packages that are being planned by the Guatemalan Culture Ministry to attract an estimated 90,000 people to Guatemala City in December.
Mesoamerican expert Paul Stuart agrees with the Mayans. Kaleen quotes him as saying, "The Maya never said anything about the end of the world or anything about a great change in the universe on that date. The calendar not only continues after that date, it goes 70 octillion years into the future." The current doomsday predictions are "all mostly coming out of New Age interpretations and mysticism about Mayan calendrics, which are not based on archeology, anthropology or scholarship."
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