Mayan descendants say, “Shut up already!”

AFP: Maya demand an end to doomsday myth.

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.

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.

Really, what more needs to be said? Even the Mayans are sick and tired of this crap and being exploited! But what took them so long?

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  3 comments for “Mayan descendants say, “Shut up already!”

  1. Andrew Purcell
    October 26, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    What took them so long?
    Possibly no one thought to ask them.

  2. Haldurson
    October 27, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    It probably took seeing these people actually traveling to Guatemala and being in their faces. When it’s a story in the media, you can change the channel. When there are flash bulbs going off in front of their face… well that’s something else entirely.

  3. Daniel
    October 28, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    News media getting the story wrong. What else is new? Read any new story on a topic you are knowledgeable about, and you’ll probably find a dozen factual errors in the best ones, with the worst ones being just plain bogus. Of course, the theme of ancient people knowing stuff that modern science does not, or knowing stuff long ago that science has just discovered, is an extremely popular one among certain circles. Witness the popularity of “traditional” healing.

    It is nice that some Mayan people are getting vocal and pointing out that the end of a calendar cycle is not the end of the world, just as in our calendar, we don’t expect the world to end every December 31st.

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