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Are the Mayans worried about 2012?

- August 20th, 2010

Rito-Maya
(Courtesy Guatemala Tourism Board)

Some North Americans seem mighty worried about Dec. 21, 2012. On this date, the Mayan Long Count calendar ends and, according to events in the recent Hollywood flick 2012, many humans will die by earthquake, tsunami and other natural disasters as the world comes to an end.

The Mayans feel a little differently about the approach of 2012, though.

“It’s the beginning of a new era,” Nicole Rohrmann says. She is a native of Guatemala and works with the Guatemala Tourism Board.

Mayan teachings describe 2012 as a time of transition, where humans will have the opportunity to decide how they live and whether they will accept or resist change. If we accept, Mayan prophecy sees a time of great peace. However, if we resist, cataclysmic changes will occur.

Guatemala is the heart of the Mayan world in Central America. The country has more Mayan archaeological sites than any other, while descendants of the ancient Mayan people continue to live here, practice the rituals of their ancestors and speak one of the 22 Mayan languages.

“We have amazing culture and lots of mystery,” Rohrmann says. “People go to Guatemala to experience this.”

Living-Maya-Culture
(Courtesy Guatemala Tourism Board)

The Tourism Board is offering three Mayan routes to tourists, each highlighting aspects of the “Maya Cosmovision,” the Mayan’s view of the universe.

“We have invested money in educating the natives to understand the value of tourism so they have full ownership of their sacred sites,” says Rohrmann. “We are helping them with information on how they can manage sacred sites so they can make their own decisions about tourists.”

The Route of the Mayan Calendar takes tourists to communities alive with culture, festivities, dance and the “religious fervor” of the ancient Mayan civilization.

The Mayan Duality Route is a pilgrimage through the Highlands to confront the spirituality and mysticism of the Mayans. Every community you will visit has its own traditions and special religious rituals.

The Mayan Universe Route lets you explore Guatemala’s nature, whether it’s forests, plants or the animals that live there. Tourists will find this eco-tour especially peaceful.

For more information, visit PueblosMayas.com or VisitGuatemala.com.

- Nicole Feenstra

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7 comments

  1. f.davs | August 30, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    This is neaningless duubletalk that wii bring no change of any type, The next day will follow and the next > Dec 21,2021 shall mean nothing. the superstition is simply superstition . jUST ANOTHER DAY.

  2. Jean-Paul Gosselin | January 1, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    The Mayan calender is only one calender amongst many others.
    It’s mostly probable that they stopped writing it when the civilisation was destroyed.
    I’m not going to loose any sleep because of it but some people will make money scaring idiots with it.
    Follow the money line.

  3. DF | April 22, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    I can’t for the life of me believe that anyone takes this c$#p seriously. If the Mayans were so smart and wise…where is their civilization now? Guess their amazing calendar didn’t see that end coming…I’m with Jean-Paul, I won’t lose any sleep over this Hollywood hyped bulls*$t.

  4. Martin | June 18, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Weren’t the Mayans the ones who also believed that if they sacrificed a virgin, the sun would rise…. I’m with the above two comments on this. Seems like a good story on a slow day in the news.

  5. RABB | November 15, 2011 at 5:48 am

    In 2012 I will not do my Christmas shopping till Dec.22. Just in case

  6. Jason | November 15, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Did any of you actually read the article? It is basically saying that the Mayan’s don’t believe that December 21st is the end of the world, that it is North Americans who have jumped on a bandwagon of crazy theories and associated the Mayan Long Count Calender to be a part of it. For the Mayan’s the end of the Long Count Calender is a period of transition like the article says. I suppose the writer should have made it more clear what the Mayan’s believe by cataclysmic changes if we don’t accept change. In fact the author really should not have used that word because it is misleading. Mayan culture believe that if we don’t move in a positive way toward change during this transitional period we will see a world that continues to struggle with war, disease, etc. It does not mean end of the world cataclysms, that is a Hollywood spin on things.

  7. helsinki experiment | December 6, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    hey now, i do believe the world has already moved to cosmic understanding and change.the transition started from the people who rebelled against goverments leaders and dictatorship rule.much is more to come for human salvation…soon.the worldly love of the human heart dispite reliegious beliefs should be next.

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