There is a small Swedish company called Livsströmmen (The flow/stream of life) which appears to focus on New Age literature and its distortion of the Maya. Of course they sell products from the Swedish Mayanism guru Calleman. Here is an image of his 2011 calendar. I guess it is supposed to represent Calleman’s idea that all life is formed in the image of the Tree of Life, a rotating axis that through quantum levels (the Maya time periods) create higher forms. Temple I at Tikal is supposed to represent these 9 levels (or Underworlds). The galaxy should not be confused with Jenkins galactic alignment idea. It is rather the rotating property of the galaxy (and clusters of galaxies) that is intended here. It is also supposed to include Calleman’s own made up period which he calls uaxlahunkin (13 x 18 days). This period does not exist in the real Maya calendar and it has been created by Calleman in order to replace two other periods in the Maya Long Count. Otherwise he would have ended up with ten levels and ten Underworlds (and that would not have worked with the prevalence of number nine in the Maya numerology). Calleman simply mistreat the Maya. Do not buy this stuff. It is pure nonsense. The only good thing to come out of this year is that we hopefully will not see a Calleman calendar for 2012.
Posted by: Johan Normark | May 24, 2011