Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

National and World

December 21, 2012

Mexico's Maya heartland greets dawn of new era

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Even before the baktun's end, hundreds of spiritualists from Asian, North American, South American and European shamanistic traditions mingled amiably with the Mexican hosts at a convention center in Merida on Thursday.

Dozens of booths offered people the chance to have their auras photographed with "Chi" light, get a shamanic cleansing or buy sandals, herbs and whole-grain baked goods.

"This is the beginning of a change in priorities and perceptions. We are all one," said Esther Romo, a Mexico City businesswoman who works in art promotion and galleries. "No limits, no boundaries, no nationalities, just fusion."

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Associated Press writer Romina Ruiz-Goiriena in Iximche, Guatemala, contributed to this report.

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