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Understanding the Mayan Calendar: Selections from “The Book of Destiny: Unlocking the Secrets of the Ancient Mayans and the Prophecy of 2012” by Don Carlos Barrios (vegetarian), Part 1 of 3

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The ancient Mayan civilization, known to be one of the most technologically advanced of its time, originated in Central America and southern Mexico several thousand years ago. The Mayan people were highly developed in many fields, such as a hieroglyphic writing system, mathematics, sculpture, and medicine. In “The Book of Destiny: Unlocking the Secrets of the Ancient Mayans and the Prophecy of 2012,” author Don Carlos Barrios provides us with an account of Mayan tradition that was passed to him by his respected Mayan spiritual mentors. The book covers different aspects of Mayan life and spirituality, including the Mayan cosmo-vision, the Cholq'ij calendar and prophecies of the Mayan people. According to the author, the Maya have 20 different types of calendars. One is the fixed Ab’. 
“This calendar consists of 360 days plus another five known as the Wayeb, a time for introspection, meditation, and resolutions. During these five days known as the Wayeb, people would shut themselves in their home. They would fast and drink only a beverage made of maize and dedicate their whole time to go back and recapitulate their life. ... This is a very important practice to stay well and in complete harmony with ourselves and with the world that surrounds us.” 
“Another widely used calendar in the Mayan culture is the Cholq’ij. Mayan Elder Don Pascual explains. The Cholq’ij is mathematically perfect; changes never have been and never will be made to it. Its precision is the result of centuries of observation and study by great Mayan astronomers, astrologers, mathematicians, and wise men. It is the perfect instrument for understanding our purpose in the marvel that is life. It is the best gift our Grandfathers could have left us. -- Don Pascual, Mayan Mam sage.” 
“Our primary mission is to keep a record of time and count the cycles because they contain the history of the world. Every cycle or fold in the infinite spiral of the great Kan [macrospiral] is an eternal return that results in similar events in the following cycle. This is what makes it possible for us to know our destiny: just as we know the path that the Sun and Grandmother Moon trace as they come and go day after day, so do we as humans come and go. This is the way in which we know how to cast a fortune and predict events.”
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