Boynton Shaman Miguel Chiquin: Don't Believe Mayan Calendar Hype
In the past year or so, screaming headlines on supermarket tabloids and quickie paperbacks have touted the calendar's end date of December 21, 2012, as the end of the world as we know it. Bad news is boffo box office.
But it ain't necessarily so, according to Miguel Angel Chiquin, an elder of the Guatemala Maya. Instead of stocking up on canned goods and firearms, the shaman says we should be laying down an extra case of champagne (or breaking out the crystals and patchouli, whatever).
A gnome-like figure with a bulbous face and squat, almost pumpkin-shaped body, his ponytailed dark hair flecked with gray, the shaman comes dressed in jeans tied with a cloth belt. He wears sandals and a simple oxford shirt. He seems preoccupied as he enters the room but brightens when he recognizes faces in the crowd and exchanges greetings with them in Spanish. (With one or two exceptions, the group is Hispanic and primarily Spanish-speaking, and the shaman's presentation is entirely in Spanish.)
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