'2012: Under the Witz Mountain' is a modern retelling of the Mayan creation story Popol Vuh, and takes place in the boundary spaces between Maya and Christian, Gringo and Latino, and the living and the dead. In this adventure love story, women and men, ancestors and animal spirits, race together into a new age.
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Go to the Mayan Information Page: 2012
After October 2012, the information page stories are found in the WitzMountain Blog
Gonzalo Guerrero was a Spanish soldier who sailed with Columbus, but became a great Mayan war chief fighting the conquistadors. Since his arrival in 1511, many have chosen to live in this new world accepting its tradition and spirit with respect and reverence.
The Witz Mountain site began with a novel, a fictional alternative to western culture's marketing of Mayan spirituality as a perverse doomsday product.
It evolved into more, and with the author becoming a Mayan daykeeper, provides discussions about both the historic and modern Maya, and essays for the the rest of us who live on this sacred land.
The 2012 Page
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The 2012 Page is a collection of articles and essays that explore the different aspects of the Mayan cosmic vision.
The essays and articles of the 2012 Page have evolved, as I have evolved from being a loyal friend to a Mayan community to being an Ajq'ij, a daykeeper working within the Mayan tradition myself. My purpose remains the same, to present an authentic and straightforward description of my understandings, to the best of my ability, of the path followed by contemporary Maya.
Explore the Mayan Ballgame, a 3 part series exploring the game that extended into what is now Arizona, the Galactic Center, the Trees that have become leaders among the Maya and Omaha tribes, Mayan and Hopi Hero Twins, the meaning of End Time Prophecy, an exploration of the Right + Left Brain, Mayan Dream Interpretation, the story of a Mayan Dream House, and the question of Apocalypse. Other essays include 'The Tree and the Cross,' 'Mi Casa es Su Casa said Montezuma to Cortés: did Quetzalcoatl Promise to Return?,' and 'The Custom and La Costumbre.'
Now Posted! 2012 notations, from Sr. Ronaldo Similox, Mayan Spiritual Guide from Chimaltenango, Guatemala and the Kaqchikel Maya.
Now Posted! Sagittarius A -- What is the Galactic Center? An original essay by Hubble Space Telescope Astronomer Lauretta Nagel.
Now Posted! - A Night in a Mayan Dream House!
For Mayan essays in the Cholq'ij Blog, go to
The Long Count
There is an element of Mayan time in walking the circles of the labyrinth. Mayan calendars are cyclic, repeating themselves and reflecting our reality of days and nights, solar years and planting cycles. They all turn back on themselves, all save one. The Long Count is linear, a march from beginning to end. In the labyrinth we walk in turning circles, but the walk takes place within the boundaries of a beginning and an ending.
Today's Long Count Date
The mathematics of the Long Count are simple, as simple as any counting, only instead of counting just fingers, and putting a one in the new place whenever we use up all ten (1-0), the long-count counts fingers and toes, and you put a one in to represent twenty. So, after nineteen comes 1-0, and then you start over with the digits. The only exception is in going from months to years. Since 18 twenty-day months are almost a solar year, this counting ends at eighteen before resuming the base-twenty number system, so:
1 day is a kan
20 kan (days) is a uinal
18 uinal is a tun (360 days)
20 tun is a katun
20 katun is a baktun.
A baktun is 144,000 days.
For a date convertor to find the Mayan (Kaqchkel) date, go to:
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Characters from the Novel,
My name is Filomena, and now I'm helping with a website even though I grew up in a house without a toilet. The walls were sticks. They still are; in Matapalo nothing’s changed since the freakin’ stone age. When I was fourteen and started developing, I slept in my clothes. I knew if I could see out, anyone in the street could look in and see me. That was before I was old enough to want to show myself, only I didn’t know how dangerous it could be until it was too late. I lived like a woman, but living like one didn’t make me one.
But my point here isn’t to let my whole story spill out, but just to say I’ve come a long way from not having a toilet or a phone to being on the internet. This website is for me and all the other characters living under the mountain.
Suerte amigas (and amigos) F.
Ahpú, called Hunter, was adopted and grew up in Pennsylvania maple sugar country, not knowing his own original name, or anything else from his ancestral Guatemala, like the true meaning of the sap that flows in trees. Blood in a vein, sap resin from a tree, or melted wax from inside a church candle -- they're all Itz, the sacred substance that binds us to the divine.
Hunter lives in a world of farm-work and video games, and struggling with high school Spanish despite his Guatemalan roots. Maple sap is just hard work - and good eating! He lives in a world of maple sugaring and maple pies, maple fudge, maple-almond cookies and maple you-name-it. He put together the Ahpu's Maplecamp page to share some of his favorites.
Canadian maple pie is now posted! This recipe Ahpú brought back after visiting the monastery St. Benoit du Lac!
For this and other recipes follow the link below!
Maple Coconut Custard!
Maple Cranberry Pecan Granola!
For Recipes go to:
While Ahpú harvests maple sap, his brother Celio harvests copal sap in Guatemala. Celio's sacred pom incense is used in the fire ceremony to close the distance between heaven and earth. Here, on the painted dome ceiling of a gazebo in Comolapa, next to Celio's market stall, the four races of men are created on the Witz Mountain. They are the black corn people, the yellow corn people, the white corn people and the red corn people.
Vota Don Erubiel Duarte!
Don’t forget election day, and to vote for our own Alcalde Erubiel Duarte! Trucks will stop along the camino central and take you to your polling place. There will be sandwiches, and beer for the men. We must remember that his personal confessor and friend, the beatified and Blessed Padre Pena, is in heaven with the angels, and only Erubiel can bring the power of heaven to bear on the injustice of our sorrows. Pray for success! Vota Erubiel!