"Join independent religion scholar Acharya S/D.M. Murdock for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure at the ancient site of Chichen Itza in the Yucatan, Mexico!"
The mysterious Maya seem to have come from nowhere, like time travelers of legend. Where did they come from? How did their culture develop? What were the beliefs upon which their extraordinary civilization was based?
We hear much about the Maya time-keeping, which undoubtedly was a major part of the Mayan spiritual or religious system. What else do we know about Mayan religion?
Interestingly enough, there are many important similarities between so-called Old World religions and those of the New World. Acharya/Murdock's lecture in the Yucatan on December 21, 2012 will focus on the temple of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza or "El Castillo," where the conference will be held that day. The talk will include a discussion of the correspondences between the Mexican religion, Judaism and Christianity, as well as between some Old and New World words and a brief discussion of DNA studies showing the spread of humanity into the Americas and the Yucatan.
"Acharya/Murdock's lecture in the Yucatan on December 21, 2012 will focus on the religion and mythology of the Maya, including that of Kukulkan or Quetzalcoatl, near whose temple ('El Castillo') the conference will be held that day."
One of the major correspondences between Christianity and the Mexican religion centers around the god Kukulkan/Quetzacoatl, whose temple looms over the site of Chichen Itza. Like Jesus, Quetzalcoatl is depicted as a bearded white man from the east who dies and descends into hell, as tradition holds of Christ. Both godmen are associated with the "morning star" or Venus. Both share many solar attributes, including representing the "son of the sun," as Jesus's "father," the Jewish tribal god Yahweh, likewise was a solar deity in significant part.
Moreover, the cross figures prominently in the Mexican religion, as it does in Christianity, representing protection against evil spirits as well as the "four corners of the world," as Church father Irenaeus said of the four gospels. Furthermore, the vernal equinox is important to both cults, with the chief Mexican solar festival held at that time, while Christ, of course, is depicted as crucified then. Like Jesus, the Mexican god Huitzilopochtli is portrayed as resurrecting from the dead, as is Papatzin or Lord Papan. Demonstrating a motif that probably extended to his namesake god himself, a king named Quetzalcoatl was said to have been born of a virgin mother.
How did all of these striking parallels come about? Come join us in the Yucatan to find out!
Rather than emphasizing the doomsday scenario, this lecture is titled "2012: A New Beginning" because the unity behind these various religions reveals we are one human race, with the same basic myths that changed as we spread out around the world. Here, then, is the "good news" for the future!
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Just a reminder of this momentous occasion - if you want to meet me in Mexico, check it out now!
Okay, folks. It's a very rare occurrence when I make a public appearance - and this "coming out" party is going to be a doozy!
In December 2012, I am scheduled to speak at the archaeological site of Chichen Itza in the Yucatan, Mexico, and you are invited!
This fabulous gathering will occur from December 13-22, 2012 and includes access onto the site on the very day of the winter solstice, a date claimed by some modern analysts to represent the end of the Mayan Calendar. This particular day is not represented in native Maya literature and tradition as the end of the calendar, but the winter solstice/"December 25th" has been celebrated in the northern hemisphere for thousands of years - and what a spectacular place to celebrate it!
The year 2012, of course, is notorious because it represents the end of one cycle in the Mayan calendar - not the end of the world. In fact, 2012 is the beginning of another cycle; thus, my talk at this gather in the Yucatan will be titled, "2012: A New Beginning." Here's the promotional summary:
At the gathering in December 2012, D.M. Murdock will be presenting a talk entitled, "2012: A New Beginning." As a specialist in comparative religion and mythology, especially as concerns its nature-worshiping or astrotheological roots, Murdock will discuss the striking parallels between Christian and Mexican religion and mythology, demonstrating a unifying thread that underlies much of human culture. Here is the encouraging and good news for the coming age determined by Mesoamerican astronomy and calendric science: We are one human family whose cultural divisions are largely based on observations of our natural surroundings, rather than actual disparities. Our diverse global cultures emanate largely from the same root, with similar basic religious and mythological archetypes. Thus, instead of loathing our differences, we can celebrate our cultural uniqueness as part of the overall human experience.
Here is a short bio:
D.M. Murdock, also known as "Acharya S," is an independent scholar of comparative religion and mythology. As an undergraduate, Murdock studied Classics, Greek Civilization, at Franklin & Marshall College, in Pennsylvania, USA. She also did post-graduate study with the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece. Murdock has spent the past several decades studying both formally and informally mythology, religion, history, languages, archaeology, archaeoastronomy and other disciplines relating to the fields of religious history dating back thousands of years. In addition to English, she can read, speak and/or write French, Spanish, German, Italian, ancient and modern Greek, Latin, Portuguese and a smattering of other languages such as Sanskrit, Hebrew, Egyptian, etc. Murdock frequently does research in ancient languages such as Greek, Latin, Hebrew and Sanskrit, as needed for biblical studies and early Christian history.
Murdock/Acharya is the author of several books and many articles on the subjects of comparative religion and mythology, including The Christ Conspiracy, Suns of God, Who Was Jesus?, Christ in Egypt and others. Her work has been published both online and in print in a variety of media. She has also helped create several videos, including a two-hour interview of her speaking about related subjects. Murdock has appeared in a number of documentaries, including "God in the Box," which has been featured at several film festivals. She has also appeared on numerous radio programs, including the Alan Colmes show.
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Note that there are other presenters at this event, and that these may change and others added. Call Power Places for details and payment information: U.S.: 800-234-TOUR; international: 001-719-448-0514.
(P.S. Also note that, separately from and in addition to the Power Places event at which I will be appearing, there will be another event at Chichen Itza that those fortunate enough to attend the Power Places event will also apparently be able to attend: A massive gathering of people from around the world, put on by UnifyEarth.com! Headliners in this "Urth" event, which will be broadcast simultaneously around the world via TV, the internet and mobile devices, include Sting and Carlos Santana. I am told that this concert and show - rumor has it that Cirque du Soleil may also be there - will be open to the public as well. So, again, those who attend my event will also be able to attend this one!)