ANI | NewsTrack
Mayan people from Guatemala have 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.
The Culture Ministry is hosting a massive event in Guatemala City just in case the world actually does end, while tour groups are promoting doomsday-themed getaways.
“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,” the New York Daily News quoted Felipe Gomez, leader of the Maya alliance Oxlaljuj Ajpop, as saying.
Several films and documentaries have promoted the idea that the ancient Mayan calendar predicts that doomsday is less than two months away, on December 21, 2012. Maya leader Gomez urged the Tourism Institute to rethink the doomsday celebration, which he criticized it as a “show” that was disrespectful to Mayan culture.
According to experts, all that ends in 2012 is one of Maya’s calendar cycles, not the world. Gomez’s group issued a statement saying that the new Maya time cycle simply “means there will be big changes on the personal, family and community level, so that there is harmony and balance between mankind and nature.”