14 Nov 2009
"Anthropologists visit the temple sites," Mr. Barrios says, "and read the stelas and inscriptions and make up stories about the Maya, but they do not read the signs correctly. It’s just their imagination. Other people write about prophecy in the name of the Maya. They say that the world will end in December 2012. The Mayan elders are angry with this. The world will not end. It will be transformed. The indigenous have the calendars, and know how to accurately interpret it, not others."
Its illegal to copy and paste. Well it is according to Hollywood who have been persecuting those who use the internet to do so.
Indigenous Mayans are also quite annoyed by the new Hollywood film 2012, it is a false myth they say to suggest the world will end, this is the wrong way of understanding their calenders.
Will the world end in 2012....
Definitely not, the Mayan Indian elder insists. "I came back from England last year and, man, they had me fed up with this stuff."
It can only get worse for him. Next month Hollywood's "2012" opens in cinemas, featuring earthquakes, meteor showers and a tsunami dumping an aircraft carrier on the White House.
At Cornell University, Ann Martin, who runs the "Curious? Ask an Astronomer" Web site, says people are scared.
"It's too bad that we're getting e-mails from fourth-graders who are saying that they're too young to die," Martin said. "We had a mother of two young children who was afraid she wouldn't live to see them grow up."
Chile Pixtun, a Guatemalan, says the doomsday theories spring from Western, not Mayan ideas.
So don't watch the film but do find out more about actually indigenous people whose ancestors were the Mayans. If I can track down any Mayans on the net I will try and find out more
Posted by Derek Wall at 6:15 pm