2012: The Mayan Word

2012 The Mayan WordEveryone is talking about the Mayan Prophecies of 2012. But who is listening to the Maya?

This groundbreaking film brings us the voices of the Mayan people as they share their perspectives on the prophecies of their ancestors and their fight to defend Mother Earth and their culture from destruction.

2012 The Mayan Word is both a message of hope and a call to action.

Featuring testimonies from contemporary Mayans throughout Mesoamerica, from spiritual guides to activists, community leaders, farmers, artists, teachers, and children, this film is an extraordinary journey into the heart of Mayan struggle and spirituality.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles-Alderson/100001294124792 Charles Alderson

    Good one. I'd actually enjoy going down there to live and learn from these people. I'm torn between Central America and Asia though. I have such a great interest in both areas and their culture. My ability to speak Spanish makes Central America easier, but to have to learn Japanese sounds like another great part of the adventure of Asia.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Krisfalusci/100000457306764 John Krisfalusci

    Has it ever occured to you idiots that the Mayan's interpretation of their year cycle is analogous to ours? In other words, when the last day of any yearly cycle ends, the following day is the 1st day; also called a "New years day"? I swear... no wonder America is going down the S hole. Keep up the bad work losers! See you on Dec. 24th 2012.

  • 733

    Who are you talking to? And why so negative? You act like your the only person in the world that knows this. Thanks for your comment was pleasant to read.

  • Guest

    Thank you Vlatko. I am not so sure it belongs in Mystery. There is nothing mysterious about THEIR message. It has been made mysterious by other culture. I would see it fit better in Society or History.
    Just my opinion. That's what i get to do for suggesting this film to you (lol).
    You in the end is the decision maker and i respect that.
    I will watch it again and i am looking forward to the following comments.
    az

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Jacquard/1210162491 John Jacquard

    it has been said that the Mayan broke down history into a development of consciousness in cycles and each cycle is a new age, it perfectly maps out with history with the beginning of life, then mammals, than homo sapiens, industrial revolution,digital age etc.

  • Guest

    There is a small town called El Remate by the lake Peten near Tikal that is an absolutely beautiful and peaceful heaven. A lot of people doing great art work and much much more. If you like horseback riding, hiking, swimming (the lake is pristine) and many more activities. There is a woman who started a school/clinic/dental office, her name is
    Anne L. Lossing
    Project Coordinator at Project Ix-canaan
    I helped her with the school for a week, doing art projects with the kids and taking photographs of all of them as we do in school here. She is on Facebook, the pics are under her photo albums (92 of them) titled Project Ix-Canaan Biblioteca The Kids. She is always ready to invite new commers to help with the school.
    She is also involved with a project called Unification Maya.
    az

  • WTC7

    It's a very nice documentary. But it really doesn't belong in this section as it primarily focuses on attempts of modern Mayans to re-establish their identity and achieve cultural autonomy as well as political as they demand the administration of the land they occupy which would reflect their culture and particular devotion to Earth much better than the capitalist system they consider destructive. The 2012 here is simply presented as a part of their cultural heritage, nothing to do with the 2012 hype we see all around us.

    I would put in the Society section, even Politics wouldn't be wrong, but certainly not Mystery.

  • dewflirt

    Here is OK, if you take what they say about their beliefs and let someone like Graham Hancock have his way with it, you can see where all the mystery comes from. In fact they didn't say much to contradict the end of the world prophesy, except that it would be the start of a new age. That could mean anything. It went on to say that in some ways their world is ending, being evicted, suppressed and mined out of their land. Some people have taken it out of context, to mean the end of everything.

  • WTC7

    But there is no mention of Graham Hancock here. The 2012 calendar is a product of the Mayan culture, no doubt about it, but it is how the modern world understands it that has become a mystery, not the calendar itself. "They didn't say much to contradict the end of the world prophesy" - they didn't say anything about the end of the world. They were talking about a spiritual renaissance, not about the end of the world. The "dark" parts were warnings about the capitalist over-exploitation of the natural resources (the pollution), which may lead to 'mother Earth' getting angry, but that notion exactly is what makes the bulk of their cultural identity - connection with the Earth.

  • a_no_n

    The Mayan calendar doesn't take leap years into account!

    So...if you add up all the leap years, and line that up with the Mayan calendar, the date everyone is getting all hyped up about has actually already passed!

    The more you know....the more the rest of the world seems to be full of idiots.

  • Guest

    Hey smarty pants....the Mayan Calendar is not based on our present calendar, it is based on a system used during the pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. When translated into our present calendar to bring the date Dec 21st 2012...the entire present calendar system was considered.
    I always welcome better knowledge...so go ahead and tell me I am wrong but also tell me why.
    az

  • dewflirt

    I thought I said pretty much the same, maybe not so well? Your right, no Hancock here. Was trying to think of the name of the guy that wrote The Mayan Prophecies, Gilbert something. Hancock has covered it before though. I don't think the film makers did enough to dispel the myths that books like that have helped to create. Other than that, loved the film and the people, sad that our greed is their problem. :)

  • Guest

    "There is nothing in the Maya or Aztec or ancient Mesoamerican prophecy to suggest that they prophesied a sudden or major change of any sort in 2012," said Mayanist scholar Mark Van Stone. "The notion of a "Great Cycle" coming to an end is completely a modern invention." In 1990, Mayanist scholars Linda Schele and David Freidel argued that the Maya "did not conceive this to be the end of creation, as many have suggested." Susan Milbrath, curator of Latin American Art and Archaeology at the Florida Museum of Natural History, stated that "We have no record or knowledge that the Maya would think the world would come to an end" in 2012. "For the ancient Maya, it was a huge celebration to make it to the end of a whole cycle," said Sandra Noble, executive director of the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies. The 2012 phenomenon, she said, is "a complete fabrication and a chance for a lot of people to cash in." "There will be another cycle," said E. Wyllys Andrews V, director of the Tulane University Middle American Research Institute. "We know the Maya thought there was one before this, and that implies they were comfortable with the idea of another one after this."

    copied, sorry for the lenght and for copying instead of writing my own version of it. But i know this is more accurate than what i would have written of the top of my head.

    It so happen that the Mayas specifically in Guatemala (for this documentary) are justly fighting Corporations and the support their own goverment gives to these countries (including Canada where i live).
    This documentary has nothing to do with Mystery although i agree many documentaries made about 2012 do concentrate on that aspect of the mayan Calendar made up by Michael D. Coe who in 1966 wrote in The Maya that "there is a suggestion ... that Armageddon would overtake the degenerate peoples of the world and all creation on the final day of the 13th [b'ak'tun]. Thus ... our present universe would be annihilated in December 2012 when the Great Cycle of the Long Count reaches completion."
    az

  • WTC7

    I am sure you said it well, it is probably me who didn't get the point :). Nevertheless, we agree that it was a nice doc :).

  • http://www.facebook.com/merrilycontrary Mary Shamblin Rotio

    Fantastic documentary, though I wish I spoke Spanish so I didn't have to read the whole thing. I had gotten the vague impression from other sources that the Mayans thought of the 2012 calendar change as a rebirth, though the market for doomsday threw a shadow over everything. I'm sure the look of disgust on my face was quite pronounced while I learned about the way indigenous people are treated in Central America.

    Though I'm not particularly spiritual, I can appreciate the wisdom rooted in these cultural practices. However the ancient Mayans came to their conclusions about the changing cycles, it seems clear to me that their predictions are useful to their modern counterparts. Coincidence or otherwise, the world is changing now, and it is uplifting to see people become active in making those changes positive.

  • CapnCanard

    I am glad that this doc was finally made. I've wondered about the Mayans since that uprising in Chiapas in the '90, glad to see that they are still active. And these two quotes stick with me: "based cooperation and not competition" and "autonomy is the path to follow" this idea of independence is what those in Authority(powers the be: wealth and industry) despise, or at least those Authorities who depend on others to be dependent to their corrupt system. They really dislike those who live autonomous lives.

  • CapnCanard

    Nice, and I did read elsewhere that Mayans have never really thought of the end of the calendar as the end of the world as per the western interpretation... I believe that is a sort of Judeo-Christian interpretation. I would go so far as to suggest that even Ragnarok or Gotterdammerung is not an end of the world thing, it was an end of Odin and Thor thing. The end of the Pagan belief system usurped by Christianity.

  • CapnCanard

    WTC7, I agree with you on that... But I do believe that many are who are aware that we judge the documentaries of other cultures with our own set of standards and when our standards don't apply we scream bloody murder. And I would put this in the same section as you suggest... This isn't mystery, the Mayan's are telling us their straight up interpretation, pulling no punches, nothing is hidden and there is no mystery.

  • drinker69

    We should all become closer with the Earth and learn to respect each other more. I will gladly listen and learn from these people because the way they live is the truth. Living with the Earth in a sort of peaceful harmony is disappearing and maybe things have gone too far for humans to change for the better. We treat everything around us pretty sh*tty and have sort of lost our way. Maybe the Universe can sense that modern man has evolved into a thoughtless piece of poop and is fed up with it and is going to give us a jolt soon. Maybe thats what has happened in the past. We need a reminder to stop screwing around or its humanure time for all of us. If the Mayans and other people have all this knowledge than something must be coming. Its different than the Y2K bologna. I was talking to some friends about this the other day. Imagine seriously looking up at the sky and seeing something that you've never seen before and knowing its a phenomena. To be honest, I'm kind of excited/pooping myself.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/N2ZV3HYHBTONTQ5JWZIUTJ5F3I KingHockeyMan

    Well said. I sure wish I could build 1 of those "time-machines" and go back to Egypt, Mexico-City, and Cambodia-Ankor Wat, and Iraq/Samaria . They are so close to being the same as far as method. PEACE!

  • http://www.youtube.com/MadXMax187 Mad

    Excellent documentary, I'm sharing this with others who have a worldly outlook on things

  • David Choi

    Wow. That was fascinating and shocking. Very informative doc - probably one of the most important films anyone can see in 2012. The indigenous Mayan people and their message of truth are being systematically silenced and it's tragic and heartbreaking.

    I do believe that out of sheer will, humanity can collectively work to reverse us on our path to self-destruction. We just need the right leadership - and now. Not a few months from now, but like yesterday.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles-Alderson/100001294124792 Charles Alderson

    Awesome. Can get extended Visa through her? I know when I looked to move to Japan I had to get a company to support me. Could have gone with Berlitz to teach English / Spanish in Hiroshima, but don't feel like getting a teaching degree on the fly.

  • krishna kumar pookat

    Its so much better to watch something like this than all the BS about religion, markets, OIL!! , 9 f****** ELEVEN .

  • Guest

    I don't know about VISA issue. I suppose if you were to completely immerse yourself in her journey she would find a way to help. I know she has a woman called Margo who goes back every winter for many years now. But Margo always comes back home to Canada during our summer months. I was surprised to see how many Canadians do live in El Remate, there is also a French man who owns a neat hostel.
    az

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Maheu/551539797 David Maheu

    The real John K would say to you, "Stimpy. you are an iiiiiidiot!"

  • http://www.facebook.com/merrilycontrary Mary Shamblin Rotio

    The real John K. is too busy oogling intern cleavage, and turning classic cartoons into porn to worry about the rest of us iiiiiidiots. Plus, it really eats up a guy's free time to find enough 70's clothing for a whole year.

    Can you tell I'm still disappointed by the "Lost Episodes"? Funny, but gratuitous.

  • sknb

    We need more things with Spanish Subtitles, thanks!

    Anyone know who the rapper is throughout the doc?

  • sknb

    Trust me, Berlitz is not the greatest employer. Both myself and my brother worked for them and we found them highly corporate in a bad way.

  • sknb

    Wow thanks so much, I'll check it out!

  • Renee Roberts

    Hey Charles,

    You can check out Long Island University's Global College, Comparative Religion and Culture program, if you're interested in pursuing a degree in these areas. The program has different locations around the world. I heard it's terrific, wish I had heard of it before I completed my degree in Community Health Education. Good luck!

  • His Forever

    I miss reading your comments, Az (and everone else). I've just decided not to spend so much time in front of this computer screen and live "real" life instead. That and my wife (who's looking over my shoulder now) doesn't like it! Truth! :-)

  • http://www.topdocumentaryfilms.com Epicurus

    avoid anything that causes problems in the family...THAT is good advice lol.

    perhaps the constant arguments bring you down and she realizes that. just focus on the docs and dont even bother arguing back with people like me lol.

  • Guest

    I understand. I just spent a week in a very big house with two wood stoves to feed and 2 dogs (kept me busy). I wished at times there was someone looking over my shoulder, but i so love the tranquility, aloneness, the view, and the freedom to dive into science and the rest.
    Make an arrangement with the lady...twice a week, 2 hours each time and don't lose your time arguing about religion with people here. You've said it all and they have answered it all. It propably won't change. Yesterday i was going through old docs that i might have passed. What a library!
    az

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-LA-Johnson/798880300 Richard L.A Johnson

    I'll tell you what mate, I'm glad theres someone like you on here. I had my head in my hands reading the comments of the 'Here Be Dragons' video, until i was reading your comments. Its shocking how many people love to believe in the most unlikely of situations over the most likely and the one's with the least and worst evidence over well backed theories. I don't know how you have the patience, but I'm glad you do. Keep it up mate. Warm Regards from England.

  • http://www.topdocumentaryfilms.com Epicurus

    thank you, it is very difficult. i tend to take weekly breaks.

  • Achems_Razor

    Yep! you are owned Charles. lol

  • Achems_Razor

    @Richard L.A Johnson:

    Right, that is why so many religee's believing in creation, ID, over evolution! Religion is the easy way out. And the sheeple herd/hive mentality will apply to most other scenarios as well.

  • His Forever

    That's good advice. She's has chest pains when she get upset now. An ekg was "inconclusive" but Matthew dumping hotsauce on the baby's rice and trying to make her eat it was enough tonight! I'm a bit worried. The fat lethargic American shouldn't ever have to worry about outliving the petite active wife, but my whole family have lived mostly to be fat old old people.

    Catch you later!

  • http://www.topdocumentaryfilms.com Epicurus

    lol kids are awesome. what would life be without them and their shenanigans?

    hope your wife feels better. im sure she will.

  • His Forever

    I wouldn't be so upset (I usually snicker later), but he tried to deny he spiked that baby's food with Tobasco sauce, but it was almost too hot for me to eat! His sister is old enough to rat him out now, and I nearly always believe the baby first!

    As for my wife, I'd like to really have a professional, non-rushed, intelligent cardiologist do a workover. I'd like to check for an aortic anyrism also, but there's a reason why the life expectancy in the Philippines in the mid 60's! Unless you're a forceful, intelligent, and determined person to get medical care, you just die here--barring God's mercy of course. If it's nothing, we'll know soon enough, but a lot of preventable ailments that kill you are brought on from neglect. My philosophy is: Pray, but don't tempt God by being to stupid or lazy to go to the right doctor!

  • Eric Abram

    I agree that it should be in the society section, but it is very relevant to the 2012 hype, which is all about how we are going through a change and it is our job to make it a positive one or a negative one. I really liked the childbirth analogy near the end of the movie.

  • MargaretMarie

    Excellent documentary.

  • sknb

    Is that a Masters or an Undergrad?

  • http://www.facebook.com/meerob Meero Bukowich

    HI ALL !! anyone knows the name of that cool band at the end ?? thank you !!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002381698937 Eileen Alana

    Anyone who is interested in sprituality, 2012, Mayan people, protecting the Earths resources and the future of the planet for generations to come would learn a lot by watching this dvd.

  • Guest

    all for different reasons.
    az

  • jibilawrence

    same like maya 250-900 AD Rock Carvings of Mamallapuram,The Pallavas were the second, whose capital is what is today called Kanchipuram, near Chennai. They ruled from 300-900 AD. You can see some of their magnificent seashore architecture at Mamallapuram, which is named after the wrestling skills of their great king Narasimhavarman or Mamallan, Great Wrestler.

  • jibilawrence

    Golden Age Could Begin in 2012
    The ancient Hindus mainly used lunar calendars but also used solar calendars. If an average lunar year equals 354.36 days, then this would be about 5270 lunar years from the time when the Kali Yuga started until 21 Dec 2012. This is the same year that the Mayans predict rebirth of our planet. It is also about 5113 solar years of 365.24 days per year, and is day number 1,867,817 into the Kali Yuga. By either solar or lunar years, we are over 5,000 years into the Kali Yuga and it is time for Lord Krishna's prophecy to happen according to the ancient Hindu scriptures. Lord Krishna's Golden Age could easily begin in 2012!

  • Sara tayeb

    So they dont believe in god..hmm..well thats interesting. I think that mayans dont know that natural disasters and changes in the weather and all have been happening for decades now so their propheceis are a bit of a fail. and this is life, i mean theres always gna b these disasters etc. and they simply tests from god and at times punishments. I do respect their love for earth however, we shud all be like that, it is a gift from god that we shud maintain instead of destroy, it is also sad to see them being moved and shoved like they got no rights, thats inhumane.

    good documentary :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/gstradiotto1 Stradiotto Gregg

    Thank you this Non-Peter Pan approach to this topic...Great

  • thebaron4nz

    they do actually understand natural disasters, but took a strange path to ultimately say.. Man dug the hole, of course its going to cause landslides and unnatural occurences. Not just a hole..a disgusting big toxic goldmine.

  • thebaron4nz

    i like your .. well.. your you. i believe you are aware and i also have the same heart to protect ourselves and our planet to which we are all born to, equally entitled, and equally endebted/DEPENDANT!
    HOW FOOLISH ARE WE WHO POISON OUR OWN WATER AND CORRUPT OUR ONLY FOOD SUPPLIES!!
    2 any who are wise enough to be hea to read this;
    can you really sit idly by as you are slowly and cruelly murdered by fools who choose wealth over health.. both cannot exist ..and what good is wealth without ones health!?
    i have lived many lifetimes enough to know that i
    MUST put my hand up, and my head on the chopping block if need be.
    I AM THE LEADER YOU SEEK. WE WILL NO LONGER FEEL WEAK. this is my purpose on this god forsaken planet.
    For there is no other reason for my long painful existence,
    the experiences the universe, or (i like the term!) "cosmos" has given me, and the knowledge that has presented itself and resonated in my being .. until it all fit.. as it has.. to now be able to overcome any obstacle evil can dream up. Seen it, learnt it, know its tricks. yet still, uncomfortably..and reservedly..and reluctantly, (as i have worked hard at finding a planetary solution that does no harm to no one by no good man's/or woman's hand), I will gladly stand up and lead if I am deemed worthy.. or .. as the cosmos dictates.
    i just needed one person to want it along with me! to care enough to seek..speak..
    guess i had to do it one way or another
    but alone i feared defeat
    united we stand
    divided we fall
    OMG!! i hope in that HUGE open statement..i was able to express my true self and feelings/beliefs sufficiently, to touch the core of my truth, so that it can heard and felt by all, or 1:) and the truth be tested by your own hearts.
    i think my heart may have jus grown knowing this one man David Choi also has a heart, and a mind 2 apprieciate it!

    i would not like, but be pleased to see any form of response, still wishin for a neon sign 2 guide me thru easy peasy! but moral support is all i really require.. i can take care of you all, yes, my heart IS that big, and my brain aint bad either! :)
    PEACE..OUT.X

    (IN MY COUNTRY..THEY WOULD, UM..COULD AND NOW PROBABLY WILL! ...TRY:) ... TO JAIL ME FOR EVEN THINKING OF ATTEMPTING TO AWAKEN/ARROUSE INDIVIDUALS!!) truly..first civilians have just been sentenced for basically debating politics too passionately!
    they've gone too far..4 SURE..

    thebaron
    (Brave-Aware-Rebel-Optimist-Nurturer)

  • undergrads

    hey, you seem like a decent person. what country are you from?

  • Dave Hall

    You are either way honest and open enough to take some punches or a nutjob.
    Don't take me wrong, I love this, you.
    How did you end up as you are now, can you remember past lives and how? I'm open to this aswell as I believe in this, and the possibilities.. What I need is a guide and materials to start with. Will you help me open my eyes and heart. You have my moral support, if you want to contact me, and help me continue on the path contact me at (edited by moderator)

    cheers /brother

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000327490949 Marco Neves

    @thebaron4nz
    The problem of human civilization is ignorance.
    That´s what we have to defeat to a better future.
    WE have to spread the knowledge of emotional intelligence so long supported by Buda, people have to understand that buddhism is not a religion but a science the science of mind and our world is shaped by minds.

  • DOKNielsen

    Its not a leadership we need. its guidance into true hamony with all beings. In many years religions have held us down, poisening our mind into believing that we need to be ruled and told what to do, see, hear or even feel. That is only an unhappy and miserable mans illusion.

    Namaste

  • ted ted

    What song is playing from 26 mins to 27 mins?

  • MysticDaizy

    Americans could learn a lot from this Documentary. Americans have been consumers for so long, we are forgetting how to be producers. It is hard to go back after generations of doing this. I am trying to teach my children, while learning myself, there are other ways. This isn't easy.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M6F3RJVEWJ24QKMCHFNVK7ADVE Winston Smith

    GO MAYA !! ha=pakal

  • http://twitter.com/Aud805 Aud

    Awaken the conscience of others... rise up... wake up. So true the need. Thank you for this documentary.