Local Mayan expert hoping for 'a more spiritual society'

December 20, 2012
photo - Todd Pitts is a local author who writes books based on the Mayan culture.(The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett) Photo by JERILEE BENNETT,  THE GAZETTE
Todd Pitts is a local author who writes books based on the Mayan culture.(The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett) Photo by JERILEE BENNETT, THE GAZETTE 

If you are reading this, the world didn’t come to an end.

Some predicted apocalyptic doom on Dec. 21 because it is the end of an ancient Mayan calendar cycle.

But Todd Allen Pitts, a Colorado Springs expert on all things Mayan, could have told you to breathe easy.

At his home in Old Colorado City there are no freeze-dried foods, no directions on how to fashion a bow and arrows out of lilac bushes, no map leading to a secret compound in Idaho.

Instead, on Pitts’ coffee table are two adventure novels that he has written, both of which focus on the Mayan culture that flourished 1,000 years ago. And the Mayan calender is part of the action. “The Serpent Passage” follows  a 17-year-old boy who discovers an underwater passage that sucks him into the time of ancient Mayans. His second book, “The Bloodstone,” continues the youth’s mystical journey. Pitts is at work on the last in the trilogy.

The author is a technical publications manager for Aesbus and has done technical writing. He also loves writing about science fiction and the mystical.

 “My goal is to take both adults and older kids into a magical ancient culture in a fun way,” he says.

He believes that Friday will usher in change for the better, a new beginning not a bad ending.

He crawled through overgrown jungles and peered into Mayan temples.

In 1998 he took a two-year sabbatical to teach scuba diving in Mexico. One day he was having lunch at  Azul Cenote,  a lake-like sinkhole more than 300 feet deep. And he thought “ what if...” And so his young character William finds a portal to the Mayan past.

The Mayans actually had many calenders, including one for agriculture. But the one everyone has been talking about in recent months is called the long count calendar.

Through calculations it is thought that the calender, which had many 26,000-year cycles, abruptly ends Dec. 21, he explains. The date is the winter solstice. The Mayans called it the “dark rift,” he says.  It was a time the earth and sun is in alignment with the center of the Milky Way galaxy.

“No one knows what that means in conjunction with the calender, and that is the essence of the mystery and intrigue,” Pitts explains.

Some believe it signals a beginning of natural disasters and other problems. Others believe it signals a shift in the collective consciousness, a divine evolution.

Pitts likes the second idea. “I think we will become a more spiritual society rather than ego-based. More peace, loving and nurturing.”

Mayan descendents still live in Mexico, he notes. He donates some of the proceeds of his books to Maya Mesoamerican Mission, a New Mexico-based Christian relief and outreach group.

 “I’m happy that the calender is drawing attention to an ancient culture that was so successful and yet disappeared mysteriously,” he says.  “Is there a parallel to our time? Like the Mayan, we are at a peak and could be susceptible to imploding. One thousand years from now will people find our ruins and wondered what we did wrong to disappear?”

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