Mundo Maya Blog
About this blog
Travelers to Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras in 2012 can expect a yearlong celebration of Maya culture, past and present—and Moon Maya 2012 author Joshua Berman is blogging about all of it.
- Maya 2012: A Round-up of Celebrations in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize & Honduras
- Reporting for National Geographic on Maya winter solstice in Belize
- Maya calendar cycle celebrated throughout Central America
- Feliz B'aktun! The New Dawn is Here: The First Sunrise in Caracol, Belize
- Maya Calendar 101: What Does “December 21, 2012” Really Mean?
- Gifts for Mayaphiles
- Books on the Maya: Suggested Reading for 2012
- Izapa Sunrise Story by Mary Jo McConahay
- Tranquilo Radio Tour 2012: Seven hours straight of talking about travel
- Tune in this Wednesday! Maya 2012 author Josh Berman on a radio show near you!
- End Maya-Aztec calendar confusion now!
- Q&A with Maya Experts on Satellite Imagery of Archaeological Sites
- Maya response to 'doomsday' 2012 stories
- Only a couple of rooms left for "The Great Return: Copan 2012" tour of a lifetime!
- 5 Questions about Traveling in the Mundo Maya for Rafael Garcia
What the Maya say about 2012
The best part of traveling to the Mundo Maya is learning firsthand about cultural phenomena, including the upcoming end of the Maya Long Count. There is no substitute for talking with the locals -- whether in southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, or Honduras -- to get a feel for how the Maya 2012 story is playing out in the Maya region.
I just came across this piece by Maggie Koerth-Baker, entitled "What actual Mayans are saying about 2012," in which she reports, "Another important thing to think about: The amount of money being raked in by woo-woo charlatans (and, now, big entertainment companies) who are all capitalizing off what amounts to willful misinterpretations of Mayan legends, traditions and science."
She also quotes John Hoopes, who says, "I'd like to see more of the revenue from the hyping of 2012 mythology through books, movies, conferences, and websites go directly to the living descendants of the ancient Maya whose cultural heritage and intellectual property is being appropriated without their knowledge or consent for the financial benefit of non-Maya hucksters."
As the non-Maya author of one of those books, Moon Maya 2012: A Guide to Celebrations in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras out Maya, I hope that directly promoting as many Maya-owned hotels, restaurants, and tour guides as I could find is one way to contribute to the cause. If you make it down there -- in 2012 or beyond -- let me know how it goes and what you learn.