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John Major Jenkins introducing the "Izapa-2012 Monument Park" near Tuxtla Chico

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Published on Jul 8, 2012

To my utter surprise, I discovered in June of 2012 that my pioneering "2012 alignment theory," based largely on the iconography and archaeoastronomy in the Izapa ballcourt, had been adopted for depiction in the futuristic design of the Parque del Chocolate. Construction began in early 2011, and a 1-mile pathway through jungle from the Izapa Group F ballcourt over to the new Monument Park is already planned. I had given presentations at the University in Tapachula in 2007, at the Planetarium in 2008, and met with the mayor of Tuxtla Chico also in 2007. Most recently, I spoke at the first Izapa Round Table conference. It's an honor to know that my work has been embraced in the artistic and architectural work of the people of Chiapas. Check out, in this video, the entrance from the stairs by the river into the park. One can imagine this as a modern expression of Izapa as an initiatory site, and idea I proposed in the mid-1990s, giving people a revelatory experience of the grand alignment of sun and galaxy that the Long Count / 2012 calendar points to with its 13-Baktun period-ending date, December 21, 2012. It's been 22 years since I first passed through Izapa, on my way to do service work in Guatemala in the summer of 1990. It's incredible to contemplate all that's taken place in those 22 years. With the establishment of the "Izapa-2012" Monument Park (the Parque del Chocolate), tourists and pilgrims will receive of striking impression of Izapa's cosmological mysteries for decades to come.

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