Archive | October 27, 2012

Mayans Call on UN for New Era of Peace!

Mayans Call on UN for New Era of Peace!

 

Taking advantage of the main underlying influence of 2012, the Mayan Elders of the K’iche’ Mayoral of Santo Tomas de Chichicastenango, Guatemala (Maya-Quiche Empire)  has been assisting the UN with a choice between continued unsustainable governance, to one of sustainability for all. To do that the Mayan Elders travelled to the UN headquarters to deliver their message as they regularly do, which is for the whole world!

As governmental forces spread doom and gloom usurping 2012, as a means to consolidate the fear that they have tried to control us with for many generations, such a message is important to those of us who operate on a vibration above fear, and for those of us who are procrastinating between what they have known, the fear-based society, and preparing for a more wholesome life!

On 25th October, the Mayan Elders led by Don Tomás Calvo, the highest moral authority of the Maya, delivered the message of their ancestors calling for the end of 2012 to begin a new era of harmony, peace, and joy. Don Tomás Calvo said:

“To you – representatives of the peoples who share our planet daily – I bring the voice of my people on my way towards the end of a period of time we call Oxlajuj B’aqtun and before the opening of a new era which we enter with joy and harmony,”

Thousands of years ago, Mayan astronomers foresaw in 2012 a unique alignment of the cosmos which occurs only once every 64,000 years. The Maya identified this new cycle, to begin on 21 December, as a monumental transition and an opportunity to realign priorities based on the principles of love, gratitude, care and respect for both humanity and our environment.

“For the Maya, ushering in a new cycle is a huge celebration,” said Don Tomás Calvo.

To help spread a message of hope to the world, the Mayan Elders have been conducting ceremonies and presentations in New York including at Central Park on Saturday, 27 October, at Sanctuary NYC on Sunday, 28 October, and at NYU’s Centre for Academic and Spiritual Life on Monday, 29 October.

 

According to the UN Refugee Agency the majority of Guatemalans are of Mayan descent. There are 21 different Mayan groups whose main languages are Q’eqchi, Cakchiquel, Mam (Maya), Tzutujil, Achi and Pokoman. Although removed from history books, the Mayans as we can see are still very alive, and live to tell the tale of genocide by the occupying Spanish colonialists, land dispossession in the 19th century with the ancient Mayan Empire stretching from , Belize, the western portions of Honduras, El Salvador, Yucatán, Quintana Roo, Tabasco, Campeche and Chiapas (Mexico). The Mayans also experienced genocides as recently as the 1980s. As agriculturalists they developed maize, beans and root crops, supplemented by fish and wild game. As economists they had vast trade networks. As God’s people, they had temples and religious centres that served superior functions than many today, and as scientists and people of literature, they developed writing, mathematics and astronomy for which they have become famous for in the Western world.

Since the colonial era, it was not until Article 66 of the 1985 Constitution that Mayans were officially recognized  including their language, traditional customs, and forms of social organization. However, that was officially, and 10 years on that was yet to materialize on the ground with the political and financial elite doing everything to maintain control, power, and wealth. However, this did not prevent a socio-cultural movement from developing amongst the Mayan focusing on land rights, cultural and civil rights, bilingual education, and the recognition of Mayan local authorities. In addition, Mayan academics collated historical Mayan documents. Along with the recognition of Mayan exile, Rigoberta Menchú through the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize, there was increased recognition as a people, and a level of protection from military repression. With the nation’s elite forced to recognize the indigenous Mayans, an accord was signed in 1995.

Civil participation improved, but with more death threats and abductions taking place in 2002-3, especially around those working to bring governmental officials and members of the military to trial over atrocities.

Issues still remain on all levels of society for the Mayans, but it is not a matter of gaining rights that are assumed to have been won in developed countries, for if the Mayans were indigenous to any of those countries, they would have still been in the same plight. Why? Because they represent a way of life that is God-centred, and centred in the laws of nature that recognizes economic distribution over centralized wealth, and respectful uses of land resources to the common good over the good of a few.

Our ability to cope with the changes to come is in relation to our level of fear – fear that arises out of painting reality as the one we have been given through global governance that has been in momentum since WWI. That ‘gift’ was a form of sacrifice without our consent and to a great degree  without us even knowing. That exchange has taken the form of promises of provisions through education, health and employment under the illusion that we would have greater control over our lives. The sacrifice on our part has been the human spirit, for the reality which has been subservient to without question costing billions of lives somewhere else on this Earth without ever understanding why there is growing dissatisfaction, dysfunctional relations/families, and societies in our midst.

Sources:

“World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples – Guatemala : Maya.” http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/country,,MRGI,,GTM,,49749d163c,0.html

“Guatemala: Mayan Elders, at The UN, Call for New Era Of Harmony.” http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/documents/press-release-mayan-elders.pdf

 

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