Mayas hope for better Baktun, complai...

Mayas hope for better Baktun, complain of government banning rituals at archaeological sites

There are 2 comments on the The Washington Post story from Nov 29, 2012, titled Mayas hope for better Baktun, complain of government banning rituals at archaeological sites. In it, The Washington Post reports that:

Mayan priests started off ceremonies aimed at marking the end of the current era in the Mayan long-count calendar Thursday, with dancing, incense and rituals designed to thank the gods.

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17 Rabbit

Old Lyme, CT

#1 Nov 30, 2012
Jeesh, I don't know how this new Baktun could be any worse than the old Baktun. It's pretty much been a huge drag except for maybe the handful of us who got the good jobs in Cancun at Senor Frog's and the hotels, mopping up the vomit and cleaning the toilets. Apart from those lucky mofos, it's been a tough Baktun for the rest of us, not to mention the government's ban on the sacred Fire Ceremony. I mean that could go a long way in appeasing the gods and (hopefully, right?) making things better for us. I know the government wants to help out the people, but I also don't think it realizes the value of human sacrifice. If you let a priest rip out the still-beating heart of the guy who loses at the ball game -- well, I guess I don't have to tell you how terrifically that will augur for the new Baktun. And so what if a guy climbs up the Pyramid of the Sun and sticks porcupine quills in his scrotum and penis? I mean so what? Is it any worse than what the cartels do on a daily basis? And it can't hurt, right? I mean it can hurt, really, really, really hurt, but the gods eat it up. They love that sort of shit. You know what? I'm glad I live in Mexico!
Concerned

Chihuahua, Mexico

#2 Nov 30, 2012
17 Rabbit wrote:
Jeesh, I don't know how this new Baktun could be any worse than the old Baktun. It's pretty much been a huge drag except for maybe the handful of us who got the good jobs in Cancun at Senor Frog's and the hotels, mopping up the vomit and cleaning the toilets. Apart from those lucky mofos, it's been a tough Baktun for the rest of us, not to mention the government's ban on the sacred Fire Ceremony. I mean that could go a long way in appeasing the gods and (hopefully, right?) making things better for us. I know the government wants to help out the people, but I also don't think it realizes the value of human sacrifice. If you let a priest rip out the still-beating heart of the guy who loses at the ball game -- well, I guess I don't have to tell you how terrifically that will augur for the new Baktun. And so what if a guy climbs up the Pyramid of the Sun and sticks porcupine quills in his scrotum and penis? I mean so what? Is it any worse than what the cartels do on a daily basis? And it can't hurt, right? I mean it can hurt, really, really, really hurt, but the gods eat it up. They love that sort of shit. You know what? I'm glad I live in Mexico!
Actually it was the winner that kicked the ball through the ring. The winner was the one that was sacrificed. It was considered an honor. I sure would not want to practice my kicking skills and win the competition, LOL. I guess if they are going to do the ceremony right, let the games begin.

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