Monday, December 24, 2012

The World Ends But Only in the Movies

If you feel cheated that the world didn’t end last Friday, then why not view this video clip of “2012” which is a 2009 Roland Emmerich-directed epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings an end to the world?

Anyway, in Guatemala, the heart of Mayan culture, locals celebrated the 13th bak’tun – a vast 5,125-year cycle of the Mayan calendar – which many people believed ended on Friday, December 21, 2012. There were also those who believed December 23, 2012, i.e. yesterday, will mark the end of time.

Guatemalan Mayan natives take part in celebrations marking the end of the Mayan age. Image credit:

Well, whichever the correct date is, it makes no difference to me – I am still buckled down and marking exam scripts!

If you must know, the Mayans of Guatemala were not too happy either. They spoke out against cultural prostitution. They declared their opposition to what some had called a government- and tour business-led initiative to profit off misinterpretations of their traditions. "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," said Felipe Gomez, who led a Maya alliance called Oxlaljuj Ajpop, in an interview in October 2012 with Agence France-Presse.

Gomez was referring to businesses offering Central American "doomsday tour" packages, as well as events such as the doomsday-related one planned by the Guatemalan Culture Ministry that was supposed to attract an estimated 90,000 people to Guatemala City in December. I did read that the hotels, in fact, are doing a roaring trade. I am not surprised.

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