MERIDA, Mexico —
A Mexican Indian seer who calls himself Ac Tah, and who has traveled around Mexico erecting small pyramids he calls “neurological circuits,” said he holds high hopes for today.
“We are preparing ourselves to receive a huge magnetic field straight from the center of the galaxy,” he said.
Terry Kvasnik, 32, a stunt man from Manchester, England, said his motto for the day was “be in love, don’t be in fear.” As to which ceremony he would attend today, he said with a smile, “I’m going to be in the happiest place I can.”
At dozens of booths set up in the convention hall, visitors could have their auras photographed with “Chi” light, get a shamanic cleansing or buy sandals, herbs and whole-grain baked goods. Cleansing usually involves having copal incense waved around one’s body.
Visitors could also learn the art of “healing drumming” with a Mexican Otomi Indian master, Dabadi Thaayroyadi, who said his slender hand-held drums are made with prayers embedded inside. The drums emit “an intelligent energy” that can heal ailments, he said.
During the opening ceremony, participants chanted mantras to the blazing Yucatan sun.
Violeta Simarro, a secretary from Perpignan, France, taking shelter under an awning, noted that the new age won’t necessarily be easy.
“It will be a little difficult at first, because the world will need a complete ‘nettoyage’ (cleansing),” she said.
Not all seers endorsed the celebration. Mexico’s self-styled “brujo mayor,” or chief soothsayer, Antonio Vazquez Alba, warned followers to stay away from gatherings today.
“We have to beware of mass psychosis” that could lead to stampedes or “mass suicides, of the kind we’ve seen before,” he said.