Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Mayan Renaissance Starts Now

COPAN, Honduras (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Mayan culture is making a comeback and should only get bigger in the next five years.

That’s the prediction of Professor Ricardo Agurcia, a Mayan scholar in Honduras. He says Mel Gibson’s recent Mayan movie, Apocalypto, is jumpstarting a Mayan renaissance that will sweep North America from now until December, 2012.

The Mayan calendar – one of the most accurate ever devised by men – is scheduled to end a major cycle then, and some doomsdayers are predicting something akin to the Y2K fears prevalent in the 1990s.

Agurcia doesn’t put much stock in the end-of-the-world theories and says the ancient Mayans believed in a philosophy he describes as “the cycle of the corn.”

In his words, “You plant the seed. It grows and dies when it is beheaded, but then there is a rebirth.”

On the bright side: The calendar fears are sparking a whole lot of interest in Mayan culture, and Agurcia interprets this to mean that the end of the Mayan calendar will herald a new appreciation for the cultures and beliefs of indigenous North American cultures like the Aztecs and Mayans.

Agurcia is doing his part to keep that going by organizing the Internation Copan Congress, a celebration of all things Mayan that will be held in Copan, Honduras starting June 14.

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