Archives for the month of: December, 2012

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We at Indigenous Perspectives would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very happy Festive Season and a 2013 full of inspiration and peace!

 

Q. What do you get when you mix up Algonquin with Albuquerque?

A. Alberqwerky

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So there you have it!

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Apologies if you have experienced technical errors with this site recently – sometimes these things’ can’t be avoided. I’m still learning how to configure this thing!

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What does this scene remind you of?

What about when you hear the word December and look into the heart of this photo how could you deny this world was made for a more meaningful purpose than just that which tells you “Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die!” ?

For me, as an indigenous Christian, this picture sends a powerful message into the depths of my soul and this message is further reverberated out into the reaches of the wide world yonder. You see, Christ did not come to sit on a throne in a palace and tell people what to do – in other words, He did not come to lord it over us as greedy men in their self-aggrandized egocentric lust for power have done for ages gone by and no doubt will still try to do until this world is finally consummated back into the arms of the Beloved – its’ very Creator and Sustainer, whose very purpose in the act of creation was to see the absolute fulfillment of the pinnacle of Love realized in a Way far beyond what even now, in the most enthralling and stirring beckonings of our most blissful and heavenly imaginings we could actually fathom. This is but a glimpse though – for we are not left without – and a glimpse at that can be one of the most enduring ever signs given us inside our hearts of the Great Promise with which our Maker bids us to hold onto at all cost.

I truly believe Christmas is the time to recollect on the purpose for living and that indeed Christmas is indicative universally of a major turning point in Salvation history – namely that of Messianic Fulfilment. Actually, there is a more authentic explanation of the Mayan prophecy as simply the end of one era and the beginning of another and we all could certainly benefit from a good dose of this kind of reminder at this time – for people in the world are too busy too often to even remember the true meaning and reason for there ever being a Christmas in the first place. They too often forget about the major turning point in Salvation history. This makes for the fact that any kind of prompting to remind our forgetful hearts is one we ought to be grateful for. Forget the hysterical gross interpretations the secularists and their buddies want to pin on this very traditional reminder for us to take mindful and heartful stock of our lives. It is but a reminder and could even point to something more wondrous in God’s grand design. The subtle shift in people’s understandings and appreciation of the value of life is what we all should be aiming to endorse as a gift of Providence. This subtlety undergirds a benignly more poignant reality – that Christ’s coming was not only for the people of 2000 years ago and was not left at that in the sense of God seeing no more point in creatively reminding people from time to time in symbolically significant ways of the fact that we have to be prepared. This preparation of our hearts and minds is perhaps more important and should be taken more seriously than what we have been used to. See the interpretation of this Mayan insight from a more indigenous perspective than just what the world would have us believe given the chance, for this perspective says that Friday marks the end of 13 cycles with which time is measured  — each lasting 400 years…with December 21, 2012 being simply the end of an era according to the traditional Mayan calendar and the start of another..While this calendar cycle has “prompted a wave of doomsday speculation across the globe, few in the Mayan heartland believe the world will end on Friday”.

Another interesting anecdote is the fact that the traditional Hebrew calendar which is actually the indigenous Christian calendar measures time similarly – in the Hebrew calendar we are in the year 5700 whilst the Mayan calendar says 5200. Further to this, according to the Hebrew calendar, the 23rd of December (a day or two after the 21st) is the anniversary of the 10th of Tevet which is the day on which the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar invaded and went in to destroy Jerusalem and which resulted in the exile to Babylon. So, according to the traditional calendar, the 23rd December 2012 marks the 10th Tevet in the year 5773! For many this time generally marked a doomsday for them back in the time of this exile.

So what does all of this tell us? It says that essentially we must not hesitate to see how convoluted and mysterious are God’s ways. We cannot presume the world’s explanations of traditional warnings, teachings or tellings to be right because for the most part, they are always going to be wrong. For they want to de-sacralize everything and turn it into none other than sensationalistic hyped up commodified titillation. This is also what they do to the Bible and especially the Book of Revelation – look at all the hype over the years secularists have made out of our sacred narratives in this regard! We must be prepared to link everything together in such a way as to leave no room for the DeVil to steal, twist and destroy that which God has intended for our good. Each and every one of us in some way has a certain degree of soul captivity which needs to be ransomed by God’s grace outworking His Salvation plan for our lives on a very personal level. Christmas is a time for seeing the Way of Salvation opening up before us – seeing how it was and still is within God’s grand plan that He longs to ransom captive Israel – who mourns in lonely exile here – until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice!  For Emmanuel shall come to us – Oh Israel -.

 

How’s that for food for thought!

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Mayan priests pray during a ceremony at the Kaminal Juyu archeological site, in preparation for the Oxlajuj B’aktun, in Guatemala City, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. The Oxlajuj B’aktun is on Dec. 21, marking a new period in the Mayan calendar, an event only comparable in recent times with the new millennium in 2000. Amid a worldwide frenzy of advertisers and new-agers preparing for a Maya apocalypse, one group is approaching Dec. 21 with calm and equanimity calm: the people whose ancestors supposedly made the prediction in the first place.

 

 

 

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Maya Indian Jose Erenesto Campos prays during a Maya ceremony in honor of the upcoming summer solstice at the Maya archeological site of Tazumal in Chalchuapa, El Salvador. From Russia to California, thousands are preparing for the fateful day, when many believe a 5,125-year cycle known as the Long Count in the Mayan calendar supposedly comes to an end. In Mexico’s Mayan heartland, nobody is preparing for the end of the world; instead, they’re bracing for a tsunami of spiritual visitors. Even the U.S. space agency NASA intervened, posting a nearly hour-long YouTube video debunking apocalyptic points one by one.

 

 

 

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Peruvian shamans perform a ritual against the alleged 2012 apocalyptic Mayan prediction in Lima, Peru, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. The supposed 5 a.m. Friday doomsday hour had already arrived in several parts of the world with no sign of the apocalypse. The social network Imgur posted photos of clocks turning midnight in the Asia-Pacific region with messages such as: ‘The world has not ended. Sincerely, New Zealand.’

 

 

 

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Bolivian indigenous people are pictured on Sun island in Lake Titicaca, some 160 km (99 miles) northwest of La Paz December 20, 2012. Hundreds of people come to the island to be part of celebrations to commemorate the end of the Mayan Calendar on December 21, which some believe to be the end of the world, and what indigenous Bolivians regard as the change of an era.

In reality, all of the above understandings borne from an indigenous perspective can be seen as true – especially considering that this kind of visionary narrative is a really good reminder – a reminder that we, at this time of year should be more mindful of what preparation for the Great Return actually means. Christmas is a serious turning point when you consider the enormity of what really took place back in the time and place when…. So here we have, in the modern era from none other than very traditional people, who, much like those 2000 years earlier, again want to bless our world with a saving message – we ought to recollect our hearts and minds to what is important in life. How does the cycle of life bring us fortuitous opportunities for change – bring us closer to the point of radical transformation where things become that were not before? The dawn of a new era was certainly the first Christmas long ago in Bethlehem and in our now time we are reminded yet again, in a not too dissimilar way, of how important it is to welcome God’s providence – that of the Creator of the universe – as the only saving grace there is. Once we understand the depths of that for our own lives, we can then translate this into action that really gives momentum towards fulfilment of positive transformation in the lives of all our relations!

 

*(Pics and captions courtesy of MSN News Service)