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Published on Nov 6, 2013

Dr. Annalee Newitz is an editor of i09, was a lecturer at UC Berkeley, a policy analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a journalist at Wired, and author of ‘Scatter, Adapt, and Remember’.

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Eight Steps to Empire: The Culture Wars (Excerpt) | Operation Paul Revere Contest

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Published on Apr 6, 2013

Eight Steps to Empire: The Culture Wars is a documentary exploring the concept of empire in the modern era. The film looks at the usage of diversion and cultural subversion as mechanisms of social control.

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English: National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. Maya mask. Stucco frieze from Placeres, Campeche. Deutsch: National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. Maya-Maske. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Maya demand an end to doomsday myth


GUATEMALA CITY — Guatemala’s Mayan people accused the government and tour groups on Wednesday of perpetuating the myth that their calendar foresees the imminent end of the world for monetary gain.

“We are speaking out against deceit, lies and twisting of the truth, and turning us into folklore-for-profit. They are not telling the truth about time cycles,” charged Felipe Gomez, leader of the Maya alliance Oxlaljuj Ajpop.

Several films and documentaries have promoted the idea that the ancient Mayan calendar predicts that doomsday is less than two months away, on December 21, 2012.

The Culture Ministry is hosting a massive event in Guatemala City — which as many as 90,000 people are expected to attend — just in case the world actually does end, while tour groups are promoting doomsday-themed getaways.

Maya leader Gomez urged the Tourism Institute to rethink the doomsday celebration, which he criticized as a “show” that was disrespectful to Mayan culture.

Experts say that for the Maya, all that ends in 2012 is one of their calendar cycles, not the world.

Gomez’s group issued a statement saying that the new Maya time cycle simply “means there will be big changes on the personal, family and community level, so that there is harmony and balance between mankind and nature.”

Oxlajuj Ajpop is holding events it considers sacred in five cities to mark the event and Gomez said the Culture Ministry would be wise to throw its support behind their real celebrations.

More than half of Guatemala’s population of nearly 15 million are from indigenous groups of Mayan descent.

The Mayan calendar has 18 months of 20 days each plus a sacred month, “Wayeb,” of five days. “B’aktun” is the larget unit in the time cycle system, and is about 400 years. The broader era spans 13 B’aktun, or about 5,200 years.

The Mayan culture enjoyed a golden age between 250 AD and 900 AD.

Stop The 2012 Doomsday Myth! – Maya People Say – What will happen on December 21 this year?

What kind of answer you receive depends on who you ask. There will undoubtedly be those who say the world will come to an end. There will also be those who think the world will undergo some kind of transformation and of course, many people will lean back and just watch everything with a smile, confident this is just another ordinary day.

Several movie producers and authors are making big money on the Maya 2012 doomsday scenario. Maya leaders are also accusing the government in Guatemala and tour groups are perpetuating the myth that their calendar foresees the imminent end of the world for monetary gain. Several tourism groups are organizing “doomsday tours” .

Now, the people of Guatemala say they had enough of this nonsense and demand an end to this faked doomsday myth.

“We are speaking out against deceit, lies and twisting of the truth, and turning us into folklore-for-profit. They are not telling the truth about time cycles,” charged Felipe Gomez, leader of the Maya alliance Oxlaljuj Ajpop.

The ancient Maya calendar is being misinterpreted, Maya leaders say.
The Culture Ministry has announced there will be a massive event in the Guatemala City, just in case the world actually does end. Maya leader Gomez considers the doomsday celebration to be a “show” that is very disrespectful to the Maya culture and urges the Tourism Institute to rethink their position.

The Maya are saying that their ancient as well as modern calendars are being misinterpreted.

In a statement released by Oxlaljuj Ajpop, the end of the cycle simply “means there will be big changes on the personal, family and community level, so that there is harmony and balance between mankind and nature.”

In other words, all that ends in 2012 is one of Maya calendar cycles, not the world.


See also:
2012 Maya Monument Discovered By Archaeologists

Mystery Deepens – Oldest Maya Calendars And Skeletal Remains Found At Site

Ancient Tomb Of Holy Snake Lord Discovered – Great Maya Queen K’abel

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Palmyra – Home Of The Warrior Queen Zenobia –
Scientists Solved The Mystery Of The City – Even today, a visit to Palmyra (or Tadmor) is a great experience though the place is only ruins located 150 miles (243 km) north-east of Damascus, Syria.

Why was Palmyra located in the desert? And how was it possible for a large number of people to live in such a hostile place for nearly 2000 years ago?

Until the third century AD, Palmyra with 100,000 inhabitants, was a flourishing and important trade center. The city’s traders traveled throughout the world-famous Roman Empire bringing home spices and silk-spices from China and India.

A warrior queen called Zenobia ruled the ancient city of Palmyra, “the place of palms” as the Romans called it. Zenobia rebelled against the Romans and captured lands as far to the west as Egypt and also in Asia Minor to the north.

In 1089 AD Palmyra, which had its amazing rise and later, a tragic fall, was totally destroyed by an earthquake and with time buried under the desert sands.

It was built in the middle of the Syrian desert, at a considerable distance from any other water source, as it is 150 km from the Orontes River in the west and 200 km from the Euphrates in the east.

The location of Palmyra has puzzled a group of archaeologists from Bergen, Norway.

After four years of research conducted with their Syrian colleagues, they could finally solve the riddle of Palmyra.

“These findings provide a wealth of new insight into Palmyra’s history,” says project manager Jørgen Christian Meyer, a professor at the University of Bergen.

The Bergen-based archaeologists to make an unusual approach to the problem. Instead of examining the city itself, they studied an enormous expanse of land just to the north of Palmyra ruins.

Along with their Syrian colleagues from the Palmyra Museum and aided by satellite photos, they catalogued a large number of ancient remains visible on the Earth’s surface.

“In this way, we were able to form a more complete picture of what occurred within the larger area,” Professor Meyer explained.

The team detected a number of forgotten villages from ancient Roman times, equipped in water reservoirs utilised by the ancients on a daily basis.

In fact, the scientists were not studying a desert, but rather an arid steppe, with underground grass roots that keep rain from sinking into the soil. The Palmyrians were able to conduct efficient soil cultivation almost 2 000 years ago.

Technological inventions were definitely not beyond comprehension of the ancients.

Ancient flourishing Palmyra and the nearby villages collected the rainwater using dams and cisterns. This gave the surrounding villages water for crops and enabled them to provide the city with food; the collection system ensured a stable supply of agricultural products and averted catastrophe during droughts.

Palmyra’s location also had a political foundation. Important east-west trade routes, including along the Euphrates River to the north, were not under the control of the Romans to the west or the Persians to the east. Local lords and chieftains demanded high fees for passage.

This practice of extortion translated into a tremendous opportunity for the Palmyrians; they joined forces with the Bedouins to provide security, beasts of burden and guides through the desert.

“Tradesmen from Palmyra made the most of the city’s unique location to build up a comprehensive trade network,” says the professor.
In the 2nd century A.D. Palmyra traded all the way to China and Italy.

The Romans conquered Palmyra in the first century AD, but despite its conquered status, the city – which became one of the great cities of the orient – could still maintain a relative degree of freedom that slowly increased with time.

In the third century AD, the situation changed. The most famous ruler of Palmyra was the warrior queen Zenobia, dressed in purple with a helmet on her head. She was an ambitious and very brave queen with a strong personality.
She loved history and philosophy. She spoke several languages, like Greek and Egyptian and Aramaic was her native language.
She even claimed to be a descendant of Queen Cleopatra.

When Zenobia proclaimed herself queen, she declared her independence from Rome.
The Romans attacked Palmyra and laid siege to the fortified city of Palmyra. The queen Zenobia was defeated and taken captive to Rome, fettered in chains of gold where she poisoned herself.

Palmyra’s fall became reality.

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“Syria’s Stonehenge” – Underground Tombs Alignments And Stone Circles Older Than Anything Seen In Europe