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Information on the ancient Maya, their philosophies and prophecies, as well as the modern-day Maya and their cultural traditions.

A Short Video on the Maya and the Yucatan

This video, which provides an introduction to the Maya and the Yucatan, was recorded during a talk I gave in Toronto in May of 2012. It shows where the Maya live in the Yucatan states of Mexico, the adjacent countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and Belize  and also tidbits on Cancun, Mayan history, the place where the first Crystal Skull was found, and the Pyramid of Kukulkan the Feathered Serpent in Chichen Itza.

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False beliefs of the Mayan prophecy end of the world not entirely a grassroots movement

Long count calendar date corresponding to the mythical Mayan creation date of August 11, 3114 BC. This image is in the public domain, because its copyright has expired.

Long count calendar date corresponding to the mythical Mayan creation date of August 11, 3114 BC. This image is in the public domain, because its copyright has expired.

Lorenzo DiTommaso, professor of religion at Concordia University in Montreal, says that because of the grassroots nature of the Mayan apocalypse predictions, believers in the world’s end on December 21, 2012, will not have a leader to express their dissatisfaction that what they were told did not come to pass.

An online article by LiveScience says that:

Rationalizing and attempting to explain away failure is common among failed doomsday groups, said Lorenzo DiTommaso, a professor of religion at Concordia University in Montreal. In some cases, groups even claim that their prayers saved the world.

The Mayan apocalypse is likely to be different, if only because the Internet is bursting with dozens of contradictory prophecies about the day, DiTommaso told LiveScience.

After Mayan Apolacalypse Failure, Believers May Suffer

In my humble opinion, the belief in the end of the world was not only a grassroots movement fanned by contradictory Internet prophecies but was also touted by the conventional media. One of the reasons I wrote the End of the World 2012 EBook and Book, and made the End of the World 2012 Movie was because of a very convincing public television documentary on the 2012 Mayan prophecy that had upset a friend of mine. I set out to find the truth.

In addition, there were many, many books written by, for the most part, “new age” authors that appeared to be full of “scientific evidence,” when, in fact, if a person was to actually research the  Mayan calendar online in blogs by expert epigraphers or read books by Mayan experts, one would discover that many of the books had holes in their scientific evidence.

Perhaps those disgruntled believers actually do have leaders to show dissatisfaction with in these authors that wrote about fanciful events that were not the actual 2012 Mayan prophecies.

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End of the World 2012 Mayan calendar could have been influenced by visitors from Atlantis

Ancient map of Atlantis

Athanasius Kircher’s Map of Atlantis (c.1669). Note that north is at bottom. This image is in the public domain, because its copyright has expired.

Some people think that the ancient Maya were so proficient at astronomy, because they were influenced by visitors from Atlantis. The Atlantean influence could have also explained their marvelous calendar systems and their ability to coincide the beginning of the next cycle in the Long Count Calendar with the winter solstice of December 21, 2012.

Carol Chapman, author of the End of the World 2012 EBook

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The Pleiades and the Mayans

Pleiades Star Cluster

The Pleiades is an open cluster consisting of approximately 1,000 stars at a distance of 400 light-years (120 parsecs) from Earth in in the constellation Taurus. (It also known as “The Seven Sisters”, or the astronomical designations NGC 1432/35 and M 45.) Public Domain photo by NASA

Some people believe the ancient Maya descended from an extraterrestrial race that came from the Pleiades star cluster. I suppose that might explain, for them, why the ancient Maya were so proficient as astronomers. It’s an interesting theory. In any case, this NASA photo of the Pleiades is gorgeous.

Carol Chapman, author of End of the World 2012 EBook

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Hope inspirational quote and the Pleiades Star Cluster

The Taurus Constellation, which includes the Pleiades star cluster.

The Taurus Constellation, which includes the Pleiades star cluster.
Copyright (c) 2010 Carol Chapman

Do you see that cluster of seven bluish stars in the upper right? They are the Pleiades, also called the “Seven Sisters.” The Pleiades were known by many ancient civilizations. They look blue, because they are hot blue stars. They look luminous because they are passing through a dust cloud.

The Pleiades are in the constellation Taurus. I identify Taurus by that group of stars that looks like a “V” just above the words, “It is,” in the quote. In my mind, that “V” looks like the face of the bull.

Do you see that in the place where the bull’s eye would be on the left there are two stars together? Those are the double stars of Theta Tauri, visible to the naked eye. Some people think a better star for the bull’s eye would be Aldebaran, the orange-hued star above the double stars. I like how Aldebaran sounds.

I took this photograph in 2010 during the “Winter Star Party” in the Florida Keys, where I interviewed amateur astronomers for the End of the World 2012 Movie, Book, and EBook. At that time, I also photographed the galactic center that appears in the movie, book, and ebook.

I chose this hope inspirational quote, because we need to hold onto hope right now, especially with the amount of fear some people are feeling, because of sensational, inaccurate reports and videos about the 2012 Mayan prophecy.

Carol Chapman, author of the End of the World 2012 EBook and Book, and director/producer of the End of the World 2012 Movie.

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Book Excerpt – End of the World 2012

End of the World 2012 EBook Cover

End of the World 2012:
The Latest Up-To-Date Information on the Mayan Calendar, the Alignment with the Galactic Center, and the December 21, 2012 Mayan Prophecies – Will the World End in 2012?

Chapter 6:
Prophecies of a New World from the Maya

To find out more about the Maya prophecies of a new world, we went to visit Dr. Robert K. Sitler, an authority on the Maya and also the Director of the Latin American Studies Program at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. He is also the author of The Living Maya: Ancient Wisdom in the Era of 2012.

We talked with Dr. Sitler in his home. I liked that he was dressed casually in a cotton long-sleeved blue top, cotton trousers and sandals. There was something about the way he sat in a relaxed manner, that made me feel instantly comfortable in his presence.

I had first read about Dr. Sitler in an article he wrote, which was included in the book, The Mystery of 2012: Predictions, Prophecies, and Possibilities. Of all the articles in that book, his seemed to be one that appeared to address the actual Mayan prophecy that had originally started all the conjecture about the predictions of doomsday or, conversely, awakening.

Therefore, I felt grateful for the opportunity to interview him, because he seemed to be one of few who actually knew something about the Mayan prophecies and their origins.

Since I considered him to be a treasure trove of real information on the Maya and the Mayan prophecies, I first started by asking about prophecies of a new world.

I told him that I had heard, in my travels while filming the Yucatan Travel Movie that especially the Maya in the Tulum area were talking about something that was going to happen in “2000 and a little bit.” So, I asked Professor Sitler if he knew anything about this.

Tulum Mayan ruins overlook a gorgeous white-sand beach. Photo by Miriam Balsley

The Tulum Mayan ruins overlook a gorgeous white-sand beach. Photo by Miriam Balsley

Maya Prophecies of a New World from the Tulum Area

He replied, “Certainly one of the richest prophetic traditions in the Maya world—that particular area, starting at Tulum and going to the south and west from there, you’re in an area where people sometimes refer to themselves as ‘mas ehual’ [My best phonetic guess at how to spell what Dr. Sitler said, which is probably a phrase in Spanish, but it could also be Mayan.].

He continued, “These are the descendants of the rebels who fought the Caste War in the late 1800s and have been extremely resistance to assimilation into the Hispanic culture.”

By the way, as I mentioned earlier, in the Caste War the indigenous Maya fought the Spanish in an attempt to regain control of their ancestral lands. The Maya lost.

Dr. Sitler continued, “They have very strong prophetic traditions, most of which involve a war, and this time, instead of being brutally defeated, they would emerge victorious from the war. There would be a new world with Maya sensibilities in place.”

I had heard Alfred Rordame describe how Vedic Astrology predicted an opportunity for understanding the mysteries. Now, I heard Dr. Sitler talk about the prophecies of the Maya of the Tulum area, which involved a new world in which a Maya view of the world would predominate.

So far, I hadn’t heard anything about the end of the world.

Find out more about End of the World 2012 Book and EBook.


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Tales from the Yucatan Jungle doing well on Amazon

I am really happy today, because a book I worked on as editor, Tales from the Yucatan Jungle: Life in a Mayan Village by Kristine Elllingson, is doing very well.

Yesterday, on, the paperback book went to No. 3 in books on the Yucatan Peninsula.

This morning, on (Canada), the paperback was No. 1 in books on the Yucatan Peninsula.

This morning, on Amazon United Kingdom, the paperback was No. 5 in books on the Yucatan

 The Kindle is doing well also. Yesterday, it was No. 1 in books on Mexico. Not too shabby!

It is a great book and I highly recommend it. It’s not only a love story of how Kristine met and married her Mayan husband of 20 years, but it’s also a behind-the-scenes insider’s view of a Mayan village. Most expat stories are about the difficulties of being an outsider in a foreigner country. Kristine has become an insider. She tells stories of a Yucatan that tourists see while they drive by in their tour buses, but seldom know anything about. Get this book and get the inside story!


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Significant Mayan ruin in danger of being lost

El Mirador, a Mayan ruin located in the north of present-day Guatemala’s El Peten region, is in danger of being lost to modern development. A road bringing logging equipment in to harvest the surrounding forest is running roughshod over ruins. In addition, looters remove ancient Mayan artifacts for big profit. El Mirador is especially significant because it harbors evidence of settlement far into the past … as long ago as the 6th century BCE according to the Wikipedia article El Mirador.

For me, any especially ancient pre-Columbian Mayan ruin could be a site visited by Atlanteans in our far distant past.

Carol Chapman
When We Were Gods
Arrival of the Gods in Egypt

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