Spin cycle: Unison lecture on controversial year 2012


The year 2012 looms large in the ancient Mayan calendar: the year in which it was prophesied that the world would end, as you’ve probably heard. But it turns out that apocalyptic characterization is a gross distortion. Sobaoko Koromo, also known as Miguel Sague, who grew up in Guatemala in a Taino indigenous community (a group similar and connected to the Mayas), will not only set the record straight but will also reveal the opportunities implicit in the true prophecy in his upcoming talk at Unison Arts & Learning Center, located at 68 Mountain Rest Road in New Paltz. “Mayan Prophecies: The Truth about 2012” will be held on Friday, November 18 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for Unison members, $15 for non-members, $13 if prepaid.

Evidence of the Mayas’ advanced astronomy is attested to by the importance it put on 2012, which marks the end of a cycle and also an unusual cosmic congruence: the alignment of the Winter Solstice, on December 21, with the Milky Way – a “galactic alignment” that Mayan researcher and author John Major Jenkins said is the first such occurrence in 26,000 years. Presumably, Koromo will talk about how that alignment symbolizes, according to the ancient wisdom, a window of opportunity for the human race, in which it can rethink its priorities and return to a more sustainable, spiritually oriented way of life: a change that ultimately will determine whether we survive.

Koromo, who resides in Pennsylvania, is a dynamic, galvanizing presenter who has appeared at Unison before. Taught the fundamentals of the prophecy by numerous Guatemalan and Mexican elders, including his father, who taught Latin American History at a Pennsylvania university in the 1960s, he brings an authentic Mayan perspective to the subject and has performed ceremonies at many important Mayan cultural centers in Mexico and Guatemala. He’ll also be offering traditional Mayan corn readings on Saturday, November 19 by appointment; call (845) 255-1559.

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