about that Mayan calendar thing
December 12, 2012
I’m a bit baffled at how many people are taking this end of the Mayan Long Count calendar/end of the world thing seriously. And not just the sensationalist programming on cable channels that ought to know better. (I’m looking at you, History.) Random Facebook and other internet postings, that kind of thing, I’m seeing a lot of, “Oh, it’s probably not real…probably…but what if it is?” It makes me scratch my head a bit.
If people want to use it as an excuse for a party — by all means! But thinking something’s going to actually happen?
In Cozumel we toured San Gervasio, the most extensive Mayan ruins on the island. I asked the guide — a Mayan — if they were getting a lot of attention because of the calendar publicity. He said some, but not much compared to the mainland, where sites like Chichen Itza are getting overwhelmed. And then he passed along a comment made by a friend of his: “When the regular white calendar ends, you have a party and then start the whole thing over again, right? Why do people think the Mayan calendar is any different?”
This whole end of the world thing? That came from gringo New Agers. The Mayans? They’re having a party and starting the whole thing over again. Now who do you think I’m going to listen to?
The Mayan road leading to the main archway of the city: