Ancient Maya God Crops Up In A Field Near York
12:02am 17th July 2012
A giant image of an ancient Maya god has cropped up in a field of maize near York. The image of Yum Kaax, the Maya god of maize, has been carved out of an 18 acre field containing over 1 million living maize plants to form one of the world's biggest mazes. It is the work of York farmer Tom Pearcy who hopes that it will help save the world from the apocalypse some say the end of the Maya calendar in 2012 predicts.
Tom Pearcy has been creating giant works of art at his maze near York for the past 11 years, but he says this is the most important image he has ever created.
Says Tom Pearcy:
"The Maya calendar runs out in 2012 and there has been a lot of speculation amongst archaeologists and academics as to what that means. Some doomsday predictions claim it is the end of the world, others foretell of a great change. I've created the giant maze in the image of the god of maize as an offering to the gods, to ask them to watch over the earth in this time of change."
The 10km of pathways form an intricate maze which visitors can explore. York Maze is the largest maze in Europe and one of the largest in the world. Measuring over 300m (1000ft) long, the image of Yum Kaax is believed to be the largest image of the God every created. The design features Yum Kaax sitting above the Maya Long Count calendar which runs out in 2012 and is the source of much debate and concern.
Maya ceremonialist and Master Shaman, LionFire, flew in from America to perform a traditional Maya ceremony to bless York Maze.
"For thousands of years the Mayans worshiped the maize god. Maize was a vital crop for the Maya as it still is in much of South America today. The Maya believed that their ancestors were created by the god of maize and made from maize dough.
"The Maya were amazing astronomers and looked to the stars to predict the future. Their Long Count calendar was based on the movement of the earth and the stars. It started in 3113BC and ran for 5125 years meaning it runs out on the winter solstice 21 December 2012. There has been a lot of controversy about the meaning of this with various doomsday predictions about the end of the world. Others say that it heralds a time of change and the start of a new phase.
"I am performing a traditional Maya ceremony suing White Sage, Corn Meal, Tobacco, Incenses, Chocolate and other sacred items as offerings and prayers. The burning of these offerings will send these gifts into the spirit world. We welcome the spirits of the Maya Gods and Goddesses to join us at York Maze for a smooth transition through the change in time and to bless York Maze and their visitors and to watch over all the people in the UK."
Says Tom Pearcy:
"I have also asked LionFire if he can make a special prayer to the gods to do something about the weather. A bit more sun would be appreciated!"
York Maze opens to visitors on Saturday 21st July 2012 and will be open every day until Sunday 2nd September.
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