Maya 2012 End-of-the-World Prophesy

Sigue, sigue. (SEE-gay, SEE-gay)

We’ve been traveling among the Maya in Central America and Mexico off and on now for several¬†years.

Last spring we stayed in Panajachel, Lake Atitlan for several months while we wrote our latest book, Your Retirement Dream IS Possible. We read where many Maya believe the world was created right here across the lake in Santiago, Lake Atitlan and we took a boat trip across the lake to find out more. We asked everyone we met about the Maya end-of-the-world prophesy for 2012, but most of our questions were met with blank stares or wide eyes of surprise.

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From Palenque to Tulum, from Tikal to Monte Alban, and even to Chich’en Itza the story was all the same.


What do the Maya texts say?


“Sique, sigue” was the most they would say, with a shrug. Which is to let us know that the world will continue on. Nothing much noticeable will happen. “Nothing to see here, folks. Just walk along…”

There was one deeply devoted Maya man in Lamanai just outside of Orangewalk, Belize who assured us that the world would, indeed, be destroyed by water. Maya texts were indicative of such. But he also proudly informed us that all of his tours upriver to these Lamanai ruins were booked solid for December, 2012. The obvious fact of being at sea level in Belize and right next to a river with the world predicted to be destroyed by water must have escaped his impartial rational side.


The mighty Maya city at Chich’en Itza


I don’t know if we’ll get “the answers” about the future from the Maya, who themselves don’t seem clear on the issue.

Some say the world has been modifying for decades now (is this a new fact?), and the exact date of December 21, 2012 is inconsequential. Whether we like it or not, we are being moved forward into the unknown – kicking and screaming because of our resistance to it, or opened and welcoming of the alterations, hopefully for the better.

At any rate, and no matter what is or might be happening, we are the ones who choose the lens through which we view.

About Retire Early Lifestyle

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired three decades ago at the age of 38 and began traveling the world. As recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance and world travel, they have been interviewed about retirement issues by The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, The Motley Fool Rule Your Retirement newsletter, nationally syndicated radio talk shows and countless newspapers and TV shows nationally and worldwide. They wrote the popular books The Adventurer's Guide to Early Retirement (Your Simple Path to FIRE) and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible.
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