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Maya BANNED from performing ceremonies at ancestral temples in Mexico

by on December 6, 2012
 

Mexican authorities have banned Maya spiritual leaders from performing ceremonies at their ancestral temples, which are about to be overrun by a curious assortment of conspiracy theorists, dooms-dayers, new-agers and well-intentioned tourists who just want to be apart of the festivities.

The Ceremonies are meant to mark the end of the Maya long-count calendar, which began 13 Baktun (cycles) ago. Under the Greco-Roman Calender, that’s about 3112 BC.

Contrary to popular (mis)belief, the end of the long-count calendar is being viewed as something positive. As Mayan priest Jose Manrique Esquive recently pointed out, the current Baktun, which began around 1618, has been drenched by a continuous reign of misery that included the introduction of European disease, culture and language being erased and entire populations being extinguished.

“This is the ending of an era for the Maya, an era which has been very intense for us, in which we have had suffering and pain,” said Manrique Esquivel, adding “we are praying the wars, the conflicts, the hunger to end.”

Despite their intentions, the government is refusing to let any Maya traditional perform their ceremonies inside Chichen Itza, Coban, Tulum and other sites that their ancestors built.

“We would like to do these ceremonies in the archaeological sites, but unfortunately they won’t let us enter,” continued Manrique Esquivel. “It makes us angry, but that’s the way it is … we perform our rituals in patios, in fields, in vacant lots, wherever we can.”

The press director for the government’s National Institute of Anthropology and History claims there are two reasons for the ban: “In part it is for visitor safety, and also for preservation of the sites, especially on dates when there are massive numbers of visitors… Many of the groups that want to hold ceremonies bring braziers and want to burn incense, and that simply isn’t allowed.”

Of course that’s just the excuse. The government would much rather keep the Maya on the sidelines since they are orchestrating a massive commercial spectacle for tens of thousands of people, many of whom are are clinging to delusional hopes and irrational fears about what’s going to happen at the end of 13 Baktun–December 21, 2012.

However, the Maya are still going to be allowed to visit the sites along with the tourists, but they will likely have to pay to get in, just like everyone else.

Meanwhile, as the Maya proceed with their ceremonies, shops in a Siberian city continue to sell Apocalypse kits; Beijing residents are stocking up on crackers, bottled water, and life preservers; in southwest France, the town of Bugarch prepares for a possible deluge of visitors who believe that a mountain could save them from the end of the world; and all the big corporate media services happily continue to spread the mania–all of which stems from little more than basic ignorance toward Indigenous perceptions and realities.

 
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  • Cleaus
    December 6, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    More people not understanding whats going on in our world. Its a shame. The governments are the ones ruining our societies. They are the reason there is so much rubbish going on in the world.

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  • DEBRA BENTLEY
    December 6, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    I AM APPALLED BY THE LACK OF SENSITIVITY TOWARD THE MAYANS AND THEIR CULTURE. THEY SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO PRACTICE THEIR CEREMONIES AT THEIR ANCESTRAL TEMPLES. THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE TO STAND ON THE SIDELINES NOR PAY ADMITTANCE. LET THE TOURISTS STAND ON THE SIDELINES AND WATCH AND WITH SOME LUCK LEARN!!

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  • Phil Ryan
    December 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Who gave a Goverment the right to stop an indigenous people from performing sacred cerimonies on sacred sights built by their ancestors how typical and arrogant, good luck to all involved and love and light to you all as we approach this time.

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  • Brian Strong
    December 6, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    It is a shame that local Mayan groups cannot have ceremony on the sacred sites. I know that any ceremonies they undertake, wherever they take place, will be a strong honoring of the energies and good prayers for renewal. I am confused in the article about ‘Coban.’ There is Coba in Mexico and Copan in Honduras but I know of no Coban, I assume the INAH also would not ban ceremonies on non-existent sites.

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  • Jim Poushinsky
    December 6, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    It is a sad commentary on modern society that so many people have lost the connection to the spirit world that we all came from and will return to when we die.

    In my experience the spirit elders who are trying to help us are not limited to traditional sacred sites. They will find us wherever and whenever we open our inner eyes to the Rainbow Bridge that joins the spirit and physical worlds.

    May all who share this awareness join with the Mayan people on December 21st to ask the Creator for the beginning of a healing cycle for all humanity and for Mother Earth. Ho

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  • C.T.G.
    December 7, 2012 at 12:02 am

    I wonder if the Mexican government is mostly of people with European descent. Native American Indians have had their blankets laced with diseases. They have been forced unto property called reservations. They have been denied the abundance that the land of the United States has been available centuries ago. Now I read a news story that Native American children are not allowed to speak their own language in a certain American School. It seems ever since the British rebels came here years ago the human rights of Native American Indians have been violated many times. I wonder if the Native American Indians will be allowed to take part in American politics. It sounds like human rights are being violated in Mexico where the Mayans are not allowed to practice their culture. All I am hearing are excuses from the government to prevent the Mayans from practicing their culture.

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  • Mynnia
    December 7, 2012 at 4:40 am

    Is there anything I can do about it? I’m Europe-based and I’d like to help somehow, at least write a protest letter…

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  • Lana Leilani
    December 7, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    THIS IS ATROCIOUS!!!! Native elders should be allowed on their ancestors land to practice their ancient ways and ceremonies! Who are you people who have not a drop of native blood to tell these people they can’t practice a family tradition. This is absurd! This really angers me, that’s like telling Walt Disney he has to pay to go into Disneyland..

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  • Lucy de Nickerson
    December 8, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Increible la extrema IGNORANCIA de los que se creen autoridades! Es vergonzozo!!!

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  • Jock
    December 8, 2012 at 1:58 am

    What about starting a petition to the Mexican government to let them perform their ceremonies?

    Everyone I know would sign it!

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  • Juice
    December 8, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Find out if people you know, or in your area, are going and ask them to help get indigenous folks from the area into sites (by paying for them or otherwise). Try to contact Mayan organizations beforehand and see what kinds of support they could use.

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  • Marcelo Amadeo
    December 8, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    DEATH TO CHRISTIANISM!

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  • krysta
    December 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    they just don’t want us to evolve or understand cause that would rewen the society they have built..and they have us working for them so therefore they can control all these miracle situations so that we stay dumbed down . they have no rite do do what there doin. traditions and cerimonys of ancestors should be able to be performed …

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  • Clement Acoose
    December 16, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    I just can’t believe the intrusions governments are making on First Nations communities and people. If they tried this ploy/tactic on some of the more recent and other established immigrants you’d hear about till the next wave of immigrants decide to march up and the streets with banners protesting past or present governments biased mistreatment against them by our society wishing each and every resident (globally) a Merry Christmas, a Feliz Navidad and Joyeaux Noel (my apologies to any Ethnicities that appear to be omitted, it was not intentional).

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  • anita clamp
    December 21, 2012 at 1:02 am

    I think its absolutely DISGRACEFUL that the Mayans cannot perform their rituals at their own cultural sites! I live in Scotland & we wudnt hav to put up wi that intolerability! Shockin what the ruling authorities place upon the people! All ma respect to anybdy tryin to keep their sacred culture alive! PEACE <3

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  • Portia
    December 21, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Try not to worry. I am sure Mayan priests can perform their ceremonies from anywhere.

    A few controllers will never stop what is to be done .

    We have the same in Ireland. Our 13 moon stones removed from the Womb of Mother, in an effort to prevent the ceremony, but it makes no difference. The activation is complete. The work is done. The new cycle begins.
    Love and Blessings from the Bru/Womb of Eire

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