Belinda Gore wrote about the Masked Dance in Germany in October 2011:


Masked Trance Dance in Germany


Last year Ki Salmen invited me to come to Germany to offer a Masked Dance workshop with her. I have just returned from a wonderful celebration there, marking the end of the Long Count of the Mayan Calendar that began August 11, 3114 BCE, and the beginning of a new era. While the popular media has publicized the end of the Calendar as December 24, 2012, Swedish scholar Carl Johan Calleman contends that a more accurate translation of the Long Count into the commonly used Gregorian calendar places the key date as October 28, 2011. Ki and I agreed to focus the Masked Dance on the Mayan calendar and she organized an international group of twenty – thirteen German, three Dutch, a woman from Norway, one from Portugal, another from the Czech Republic and myself – to meet in the village of Oberdurenbach, south of Koln. Ki taught in German with Bettina translating into English and I taught in English with Brigitta translating into German. Sounds confusing but it worked!

A little background on the Mayan Calendar. It is more accurately called the Meso-American calendar because over centuries the people of Central America have been unified by the use of this system for marking time. The first evidence of the calendar was identified in the Zapotecan culture at Monte Alban in Oaxaca, Mexico, around 600 BCE. It has both a solar calendar of 360 days and a scared calendar, the tzolkin, of 260 days. The tzolkin is a map of relationships between the thirteen sacred numbers and the twenty sacred signs. Thirteen marks the seven days and six nights in the cycle of creation, from seed to fruition. A special god or goddess oversees each of these days and nights. There are also twenty signs that identify the primary cosmic energies in the Meso-American worldview. (The Mayan calendar and the Aztec calendar have only minor variations.) Each of the 260 days reflects the relationship between each of these twenty cosmic energies with each of the thirteen cycles of creation. Daykeepers are still traditionally trained to identify the characteristics of every day, such as 4 Wind or 10 Jaguar, in order to predict the qualities that are most likely to be expressed on that day.


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