Why I want to experience the 2012 Maya Winter Solstice at Chaa Creek

By: Jonathan Ammons

Why I want to experience the 2012 Maya Winter Solstice at Chaa Creek

I want to be a part of the New Years Eve celebration in Belize that is once in 52,000 years in the year of 2012. I want to experience the reflection of the end of the cosmic circle and celebration of a new beginning in this historical Winter Solstice.

I want to discover the artifacts of this fascinating place and be a part of this Maya culture celebration. I want to see the pyramid of Xumantunich and the sacred caves of Actun Tunichi Muknal, and the Royal Palace of Cahal Pech. I want to be a part of this reflection of time.  It would be amazing to be in the heartland of the Maya during this time of completion of the great cycle of the 13th B’ak’tum and celebration of the new age.

I love history. I have studied the Mayan culture, and find it to be captivating that they were able to predict events and tell a story of the future that many years ago.  It would be a trip of a lifetime to be in Belize for this historical event. I surely hope I am the lucky enough to win my way to such an awesome experience.

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  1. 2012. It’s really here!
    It was many years ago, when I was in high school, when I first read about the Mayans. Kids tend to get interested in ancient cultures; Ancient Egypt is a favorite. I, too, was interested in the world of mummies, but even more so in space science, and then I read about the Mayans. The most fascinating of all artifacts was their calendar; astronomically even more sophisticated than Ancient Egypt’s! I made a note in my journal – 2012. If anyone were to accurately predict “the end”, it would be the Mayans!
    My interest in the Mayan calendar and culture has grown since then. I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to visit Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, and Tulum. I read whatever is published on the Maya, and since I am a math and science teacher, I share everything with my students. The past few years in particular I have been covering the history of the Mayan Calendar. We compare linear to cyclical time constructs. Although it’s round, one of the interesting points is that this IS the “end” of the last Mayan long count. Is the world really going to end? Of course not, but, as my students love to say, “What if?” Amidst the hype in the media, what can we get out of this opportunity for reflection?
    Personally, I’ve been waiting for this for 30 years! I love the idea of the stela you’ve commissioned in observance of the date. I have a countdown clock on my iPad and a small Mayan Calendar on my keychain. I’ll be observing 13 0 0 0 0 no matter where I am, but the thought of immersing myself in the Mayan culture for a week! What an opportunity to share with my students.
    Oh please?

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