posted on Aug, 18 2007 @ 01:53 PM
St. Udio and ModernDystopia had excellent answers. The calendars may only represent a local tradition (they're certainly not widely known) and
appear to have been corrupted with more modern traditions. For one thing, the people who lived in that area 22,000 years ago had no such
The Aztec/Mayan calendars are fairly new things, and the system of katuns and baktuns arose only a few thousand years ago (1200 years.) Here's a
really interesting page on the variances in the calendars:
I think that what you have here is (at least from the link MD gave) something like the "Blue Star Kachina" legend that was created by a blending of
old traditions with newer information that came from "spiritual travelers" -- Americans who journey to sacred places to gain their own spiritual
insights. For instance, we do have records of their medicines and medical practices and in spite of the very interesting treatise on the number, 13,
it really doesn't match the old beliefs.
Barbara Tedlock, a professor who was initiated as a shaman among these people, certainly doesn't record any similar beliefs.
Here is a very good site that discusses how some of the writers have appropriated the real teachings, given them a spin that doesn't match reality,
and have basically stolen the history and culture of the people. It's a critique of the "dreamspell calendar", but what's said applies to a lot
of the things you will be researching. :
The same site has a good page on the real prophecies (note that they completely missed prophecies about the destruction of their culture and other
important dates) :
Tedlock's husband has done a commentary and translation of the Popul Vuh which includes notes on how much cultural interference there is in the book.
You might find it interesting:
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