reports that regional director of tourism in Chiapas state Manolo Alfonso Pinot, said on Friday that Mayan priests will begin preparations for end of the world in December 2012 with a ceremony at the archaeological site of Izapa near the city.
Pinot does not believe the world will end in December, 2012 but as a tourist official he knows that many do and that for him is enough. He said: "A lot of people know they can fill their body with energy if they come to these exceptional sites. If people are interested, we have to take advantage of this."
The city of Tapachula is not known as a Mayan tourism destination but city tourism officials are hoping to take advantage of the reputation of Izapa as an important Mayan archaeological site. One of the most famous archaeological discoveries at Izapa was the "Tree of Life"s stone discovered in 1950 which tells an ancient Mayan tale.
The Mexican tourism official says that at Izapa, a Mesoamerican ball court, a carved stone and throne of the Izapa ruler all face a line expected to align with the planets on December 21, 2012. This, the Tapachula tourism official believes, makes Izapa an important Mayan tourism destination.
And Pinot assures Mayan tourists that it would be "hard to say what you will be able to see that day."
And Tapachula may rest assured that it already has thousands of 2012 doomsday believers who will need special spiritual resort on December 21, 2012. According to Merced Sun Star
, there are thousands of people who believe that the Mayans knew something the rest of us don't, and that is, the world is really going to end on December 21, 2012. The Sun Star
says it is not only tourism officials in Mexico who are hoping to "cash in" with a wide variety of resources, facilities, "survival kits," and special spiritual resorts for 2012 believers. Commercialization of end of the world has already "stepped into a high gear," Sun Star tells us.
Some 2012 believers are already preaching an end of the world scenario that aligns better with the statement by Mayan experts that 2012 is not literally the end of the world but beginning of a new era. The website December212012.com
, dedicated to the Mayan prediction, says:
"Although this date may not necessarily mark the end of the world, it is widely believed that it may indeed mark the end of the world as we know it...The signs and indicators of dramatic and possibly devastating change seem to be all around us. "
The website proceeds to list the "signs and indicators of dramatic...and devastating changes" to herald the "end of the world" in 2012. These include epidemics, catastrophes such as planet collisions, asteroid or meteor impacts, political upheavals, natural disasters and disruptions in normal weather patterns. The website further warns:
"We can expect to see a number of dramatic events guiding us to our ultimate destiny in 2012...you should have concern for your own safety and for the safety of your family."