Mundo Maya Prepares for the December 21 prophecy

On December 7, 2012 by MexicoToday

In popular culture, many inaccurately associate December 21, 2012 with a Mayan prophecy about the end of the world. This is false. According to the Mayan Calendar, the world will NOT end on December 21, 2012, but rather a new cycle in life will begin. The Mayas never mentioned the world nor time would end. In fact, Mayan texts refer to dates after 2012. TheTemple ofInscriptions inPalenque refers to dates in the year 4772, two thousand years from now.

The interest in Mayan culture and Mayan cosmology has prompted renewed interest in visiting Mayan sites in Mexico. The Mexico Tourism Board launched an initiative called Mundo Maya to promote tourist interest in the states ofYucatan,Chiapas,Campeche,Tabasco and Quintana Roo, key locations of the Mayan civilisation.

Mundo Maya promoted such sites as the ruins of Calakmul in the state ofCampeche, which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002. In Yucatán, the observatories of Chichén Itzá tracked the heavens. Explore the Tomb of the Red Queen inChiapas, and learn how the indigenous jatropha plant is being refined into biofuel. And beyond the beaches of Quintana Roo, the modern-day Maya are pioneering new eco-tourism ventures to protect their natural resources. And in the state ofTabasco, chocolate was first invented as a Mayan religious beverage.

Many of the challenges facing today’s global community – such as climate change, biodiversity and food insecurity – were faced by the Maya more than a thousand years ago. Learning the lessons of the Mayan civilisation can help the modern world escape a similar fate.

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