Weirdest Syncretism Ever: The Jedi/Mayan Apocalypse

From Reuters:

Deep inside the Guatemalan rainforest stand the ruins of the Maya temples that George Lucas used to film the planet Yavin 4 in the movie “Star Wars,” from where Skywalker and his sidekick Han Solo launched their attack on the Galactic Empire’s giant space station.

This week, at sunrise on Friday, December 21, an era closes in the Maya Long Count calendar, an event that has been likened by different groups to the end of days, the start of a new, more spiritual age or a good reason to hang out at old Maya temples across Mexico and Central America.

“If it is the end of the world, hopefully Luke will come and blow up that Death Star,” said Alex Markovitz, a 24-year-old consultant and Star Wars fan from Philadelphia, looking out over the site of Skywalker’s rebel base. “I see why they shot here. It doesn’t look real. It looks like an alien planet.”

[...]“The force is strong here,” said Jimena Teijeiro, 35, an Argentine-born self-help blogger. “The world as we know it is coming to an end. We are being propelled to a new age of light, synchronicity and simple wonderment with life.”

Also, this:

Maya scholars and astronomers have dismissed the idea the world is on the brink of destruction but mystics and spiritual thrill-seekers have flocked to feed off Tikal’s energy. Park guards said they had to throw out 13 naked women who were dancing and chanting around a fire pit near the temples last week.

I never end up working at the fun historic sites.

  • The Other Weirdo

    I call shenanigans. No park rangers would throw out 13 naked women dancing around a fire pit. They would sell tickets and draw more visitors to their park.

  • RealScot

    “Alex Markovitz, a 24-year-old consultant”. Ha! A ‘consultant’, of what. What on earth does a 24 year old know about anything. Y’mean geek who spends all his time in this bedroom either on the internet playing games or playing with his Mayan Temple.

    • JohnMWhite

      That’s pretty judgmental, mean-spirited, borne out of no evidence whatsoever and douchey. A 24 year old could easily be a consultant in a technical field, software in particular moves exceedingly quickly. The main operating systems he would have been using as a college freshman would be obsolete by the time he graduates. But I guess knowledge is something to laugh at for a boorish oaf like yourself. Wait, did I just judge somebody as deeply inferior I haven’t even met?

  • Lurker111

    “Park guards said they had to throw out 13 naked women who were dancing and chanting around a fire pit near the temples last week.”

    I was going to say, how do you apply for a job like that? ;)

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Another sign of the apocalypse: Tim Tebow split with his girlfriend.

  • kessy_athena

    Having worked at a living history museum, I can tell you that incident probably wasn’t nearly as fun as you’re thinking. I imagine there’s a good chance the people in question were drunk and/or high, and possibly argumentative and hostile.

    The general public can do some really amazingly stupid things at times. Like the time one of the adults with a tour group of kids reached into the pig pen and picked up a piglet. The piglet started squealing, and one of the staff shouted “Drop that pig!!” Fortunately, the guy did, as the mother sow was already launching herself at him. I should mention that since we’re a colonial farm museum, we have historic breeds of animals, including pigs that are 3/4 wild European boar. The really funny thing is that afterwards one of the kids on the tour turned to the guy and said, “I *told* you you shouldn’t have picked up that piglet.”

    • UrsaMinor

      Fences thwart natural selection for intelligence in the tourist population. Such incidents usually themselves out very quickly in the wild.

      • UrsaMinor

        “…usually sort themselves…” Take heart, it’s near the end of the year and I’ve almost used up my quota of typos.

      • kessy_athena

        Actually, it’s not the fences that thwart natural selection – it’s insurance companies.

    • Reginald Selkirk

      Yo may find this interesting:
      Three year old Australian boy got Mum’s help to gather eggs from the back yard, store them in his dresser. What hatched out was Eastern brown snakes – the second deadliest snakes in the world.

    • vasaroti

      Ooh! I want one! A friend in Germany had a tame boar, and I’ve been hankering for one ever since..

  • Reginald Selkirk

    High capacity typo magazines should be banned in the interest of the general welfare.

  • vasaroti

    The local skeptics Meetup group is having an end of the world party at the restaurant ‘Cancun.’