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Mexico Releases First Maya-Speaking Television Soap Opera

A soap opera called “Baktun” spoken entirely in Maya will premiere to Mexican television audiences, featuring Maya actors from the Yucatan Peninsula with their dialogue captioned in Spanish.

The 21-episode soap series, which premiered at Mexico City’s National Museum of Anthropology in June, will be aired by Quintana Roo state television in August and is it set to hit YouTube soon.

The project—which focuses on modern Maya communities living in the Yucatan Peninsula and the problems they face—aims to preserve the indigenous language.

“Baktun” is produced and directed by documentary filmmaker Bruno Carcamo.

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OK YOU GUYS LISTEN UP.

Tomorrow is the completion of thirteen Baktuns since the date of creation in the Mayan longcount calendar. They never believed this was the end of the world.

Furthermore, THE MAYA STILL EXIST. So stop pretending they’re some long dead civilization, they are real, living, breathing people and if you have questions about their culture maybe you should ask them instead of whatever new agey white spiritual leader CHARLATAN you are listening to. These Maya can’t get to their sacred sites to celebrate the completion of the Baktun because too many Americans are buying tickets, driving up prices, and driving out the cultural descendants so they can burn incense and harm ancient sites.

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Mexico acknowledges 2nd Mayan reference to December 21st (unknown year)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s archaeology institute downplays theories that the ancient Mayas predicted some sort of apocalypse would occur in 2012, but on Thursday it acknowledged that a second reference to the date exists on a carved fragment found at a southern Mexico ruin site.

Most experts had cited only one surviving reference to the date in Mayan glyphs, a stone tablet from the Tortuguero site in the Gulf coast state of Tabasco.

But the National Institute of Anthropology and History said in a statement that there is in fact another apparent reference to the date at the nearby Comalcalco ruin. The inscription is on the carved or molded face of a brick. Comalcalco is unusual among Mayan temples in that it was constructed of bricks.

Arturo Mendez, a spokesman for the institute, said the fragment of inscription had been discovered years ago and has been subject to thorough study. It is not on display and is being kept in storage at the institute.

The “Comalcalco Brick,” as the second fragment is known, has been discussed by experts in some online forums. Many still doubt that it is a definite reference to Dec. 21, 2012 or Dec. 23, 2012, the dates cited by proponents of the theory as the possible end of the world.

“Some have proposed it as another reference to 2012, but I remain rather unconvinced,” David Stuart, a specialist in Mayan epigraphy at the University of Texas at Austin, said in a message to The Associated Press.

Stuart said the date inscribed on the brick “‘is a Calendar Round,’ a combination of a day and month position that will repeat every 52 years.”

The brick date does coincide with the end of the 13th Baktun; Baktuns were roughly 394-year periods and 13 was a significant, sacred number for the Mayas. The Mayan Long Count calendar begins in 3114 B.C., and the 13th Baktun ends around Dec. 21, 2012.

But the date on the brick could also correspond to similar dates in the past, Stuart said.

“There’s no reason it couldn’t be also a date in ancient times, describing some important historical event in the Classic period. In fact, the third glyph on the brick seems to read as the verb huli, "he/she/it arrives.”

“There’s no future tense marking (unlike the Tortuguero phrase), which in my mind points more to the Comalcalco date being more historical that prophetic,” Stuart wrote.

Both inscriptions — the Tortuguero tablet and the Comalcalco brick — were probably carved about 1,300 years ago and both are cryptic in some ways.

The Tortuguero inscription describes something that is supposed to occur in 2012 involving Bolon Yokte, a mysterious Mayan god associated with both war and creation.

However, erosion and a crack in the stone make the end of the passage almost illegible, though some read the last eroded glyphs as perhaps saying, “He will descend from the sky.”

The Comalcalco brick is also odd in that the molded or inscribed faces of the bricks were probably laid facing inward or covered with stucco, suggesting they were not meant to be seen.

The Institute of Anthropology and History has long said rumors of a world-ending or world-changing event in late December 2012 are a Westernized misinterpretation of Mayan calendars.

The institute repeated Thursday that “western messianic thought has twisted the cosmovision of ancient civilizations like the Maya.”

The institute’s experts say the Mayas saw time as a series of cycles that began and ended with regularity, but with nothing apocalyptic at the end of a given cycle.

Given the strength of Internet rumors about impending disaster in 2012, the institute is organizing a special round table of 60 Mayan experts next week at the archaeological site of Palenque, in southern Mexico, to “dispel some of the doubts about the end of one era and the beginning of another, in the Mayan Long Count calendar.”

“La conclusión que sacó Thompson del desciframiento de Knorosov era que se trataba de un engaño marxista y una estratagema propagandística soviética.”

Para leer a los antiguos mayas

Un excelente artículo de Rodolfo Petriz publicado por Página12, donde cuenta la historia de cómo se descifró la escritura maya.

Un fraile pirómano, investigadores recelosos que aunque no avanzaban se negaban a aceptar sus errores y un artillero (¡un artillero!) del ejército ruso que rescata de las llamas de la biblioteca nacional de Berlín un libro con los códices conocidos hasta entonces y acaba por dar la clave para traducirlo. En fin, una historia fascinante.

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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.

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.

The Culture Ministry is hosting a massive event in Guatemala City – which as many as 90,000 people are expected to attend – just in case the world actually does end, while tour groups are promoting doomsday-themed getaways.

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.

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.”

Oxlajuj Ajpop is holding events it considers sacred in five cities to mark the event and Gomez said the Culture Ministry would be wise to throw its support behind their real celebrations.

More than half of Guatemala’s population of nearly 15 million are from indigenous groups of Mayan descent.

The Mayan calendar has 18 months of 20 days each plus a sacred month, “Wayeb,” of five days. “B'aktun” is the larget unit in the time cycle system, and is about 400 years. The broader era spans 13 B'aktun, or about 5,200 years.

The Mayan culture enjoyed a golden age between 250 AD and 900 AD.

As a note: the b'ak'tun rolls over at 20, not 13. The journalist didn’t do their research

December 21st

So… Tomorrow… December 21st… The World is not ending… I’m tired of seeing Doomsday stuff on my dashboard so let’s get this clear…

Tomorrow is the beginning of a new Baktun… A Baktun contains 144.000 Mayans days… That's 394.26 years for us… The 13th Baktun is finishing today… So the 14th Baktun is starting  tomorrow… That means… SURPRISE!! December 21st

It’s the beginning of a new era… A new cycle in the Mayan calendar… A season of joy… NOT the end of the world…

If you want to know… A Baktun is 20 Katun cycles… A Katun equals 20 Tuns… A Tun is 18 Winals… A Winal is 20 Kins… And the Kin is a day

So… Happy 14th Baktun everybody!!