I’m delighted to publish this article at the request of the author to replace a previous article which was plagiarized. That article, which has now been taken down, was called What the Mayan Elders are Saying About 2012 and was attributed incorrectly to Carlos Barrios. Steven McFadden is actually the author, and his full article appears below. I find this more in-depth article of great value, and I think you will, as well.
Steven shares: The article you are circulating is not something Carlos Barrios wrote himself, but rather some out of context excerpts that someone cut and pasted from an article I wrote about him back in 2002. Please do not circulate this fragment. This is my work, and it’s important to me that the whole story be told, not the unattributed fragments that have been so widely and repeatedly plagiarized over the last decade.
If you wish to read or share my copyright article from 2002, you are welcome to do do. Here’s a link to the original, complete and accurate story:
Let me also suggest that you visit Steven’s active Blog site by Clicking Here: ~J
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Note: I’ve been writing about 2012 and the Mayan calendar since 1987.
As a journalist, it has been my destiny to travel in life with many contemporary Native American spiritual elders, and to hear many of the teachings they offer about the land and about the era of transition in which we live.
Out of that experience, I have created and published a petite ebook to share traditional insights on the mysteries that mark this era of transition. You can read on any computer, ebook device, iPad or Smartphone — Tales of the Whirling Rainbow: Authentic Myths & Mysteries for 2012 . – SM
Steep Uphill Climb to 2012:
Messages from the Mayan Milieu
©- Copyright 2002 by Steven McFadden
In early Autumn 2002, Carlos Barrios journeyed North from his home in Guatemala to the Eastern edge of the Four Corners. In Santa Fe, New Mexico, at the tail of the Rocky Mountain spine of North America, Mr. Barrios spoke in a knowledgeable manner about the Mayan tradition and the fabled Mayan calendars.
The Mayan calendars are an object of intense interest for many thousands of people right now, because they focus upon the watershed date of Dec. 21, 2012. Everything changes by then, it is said.
With a cultural heritage including thousands of pyramids and temples, and a calendar that has proven itself to be astronomically accurate over millions of years, the Maya tradition is widely considered to be a mystic key to the soul of Turtle Island (North America).
In public talks and in private interviews, Mr. Barrios laid out his account of the history and future of the Americas, and the larger world, based on his understanding of the Mayan tradition as both an anthropologist and an initiate. He spoke also about the path he sees ahead from now until the Winter Solstice of 2012.
The range of teachings and insights offered by Mr. Barrios must be considered in the context of the realpolitikin his American homeland. The Maya of Guatemala, their pyramids, and their calendar have endured not in a new-age Shambhala of love and light, but in a milieu of treachery, beatings, torture, rape, and mass murder.Mr. Barrios himself is viewed critically by some knowledgeable about the calendars and teachings, including some traditional elders who feel he has betrayed them.
Decades of Darkness
For 30 long years right-wing Guatemalan governments — supported both overtly and covertly by the US government — waged a terrorist war against the people of the land, murdering over 200,000 citizens, many of them indigenous Mayan people.
When the war finally wound down in the 1990s, the United Nations Truth Commission conducted an 18-month investigation.* The UN found massive violations of human rights by the government of Guatemala with the complicity of the US government. The UN report stated that acts of “aggressive, racist and extremely cruel” violence descended to the level of genocide directed against the country’s indigenous Mayan population.
When Amnesty International studied the Guatemalan situation in recent years, they came to an arresting conclusion. They wrote that real peace could come only through confronting Guatemala’s “Corporate Mafia State.”*
They described this corporate Mafia state as an “unholy alliance” of certain national and international economic actors, who work alongside sectors of the police and military and common criminals to control ‘black’ industries such as drugs, arms trafficking, money laundering, car theft rings, illegal adoptions, and kidnapping for ransom.”
About the great dark shadow that has hung over the south-most part of Turtle Island, Mr. Barrios observes: “These injustices began five hundred years ago and continue to this very day in all the Americas. The Indian Wars have never ended…I think the power holders in the developed world see it as necessary to destroy the indigenous peoples, or at least to destroy their culture, because they are not ‘consumers.’ The American Dream is built on the back of the Third World…But that is a false distinction for there is no Third World. There is only one world. We are all part of that one world, and we are all due respect.”
While Guatemala has ostensibly been at peace for the last eight years, it is a disturbed peace. The war continues to have a residual impact on the people. Human rights violations still occur regularly, and even international human-rights monitors have been under threat.
Still, in the view of Mr. Barrios who came of age during the war, there have been improvements. “There are no armed guerillas, and the police and army are more decent, more respectful,” he observed. “Because there is more human respect now, we can try to find a new life.”
One eventual consequence of Guatemala’s long-enduring climate of terrorism, has been mistrust and criticism. From this few are immune. Accusations are often aimed at people who purport to speak of the Mayan traditions. Mr. Barrios is enmeshed in this matrix of uncertainty. He criticizes others, and he is criticized himself. He has become a figure of controversy for some traditional Mayan elders.
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