Were the Toltecs a Historic Nationality?

MesoAmerias.com has published Daniel Brinton’s argument that Tula was merely one of the towns built and occupied by that tribe of the Nahuas known as Azteca or Mexica and its inhabitants were called Toltecs, but there was never any such distinct tribe or nationality; they were merely the ancestors of this branch of the Azteca and the Toltec “empire” is a baseless fable.

The paper is published in MesoAmericas Book Collection.

How To Overcome Uncertainty-Fear-Suffering

Through guided meditation, Conscious Body-Breath Impressions, and dialogue, William Patrick Patterson explores the theme. Wear loose clothing. Bring a mat and a sitting pillow. Open to all levels of simplicity.

Saturday, January 16, 2010, 10 A.M. – 1 P.M.
Baltimore, Maryland

Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
5603 North Charles Street

Registration: $90 on or before Thursday, January 14. $125 at the door.
To reserve a place, send your electronic payment below. Use your PayPal receipt as your entrance ticket.

This event can be purchased and viewed at Gurdjieff-Legacy.org.

God, Machine & Me

Spiritual SurvivalWilliam Patrick Patterson discusses and signs his latest book, Spiritual Survival in a Radically Changing World-Time. Technology is the new Ideology. Explored is how the seminal teaching of G. I. Gurdjieff’s Fourth Way—the teaching for our time—meets the challenge of Technology and gives esoteric keys to self-awakening in a radically changing world-time. The evening includes guided meditation and a taste of Conscious Body-Breath Impressions.

Wednesday January 13, 2010, 7:00 P.M.
Washington, D.C.

The Musical Source
1409 15th St. NW (lower level), corner of P Street
Metro: Red Line, Dupont Circle stop;
or Blue & Orange Line, MacPherson Square stop

Donation: $10 ($5 may be applied towards the purchase of a book, video)

Thursday, January 14, 2010, 7:30 P.M.
Towson, Maryland

Ukazoo Books
730 Dulaney Valley Road (in Dulaney Plaza across from Towson Town Center)

Donation: $10 ($5 may be applied towards the purchase of a book or video)

These events and others can be viewed at Gurdjieff-Legacy.org.

The Book of the People: Popol Vuh

This book is now available in MesoAmericas.com Book Collection. To visit and read go to: http://www.mesoamericas.com/books/PolopVuh001.php

This book, written shortly after the Spanish Conquest by a Quiché Indian who had learned to read and write Spanish, is generally known as the Popol Vuh, Popol Buj, Book of the Council, Book of the Community, the Sacred Book, or National Book of the Quiché, and it contains the cosmogonical concepts and ancient traditions of this aboriginal American people, the history of their origin, and the chronology of their kings down to the year 1550.

The name of its author and the fate of his original manuscript, which remained hidden for more than 150 years, are unknown. Father Ximénez, who found it in his parish at Santo Tomás Chichicastenango, transcribed the original Quiché text and translated it into Spanish under the title Historias del origen de los Indios de esta Provincia de Guatemala. This transcription, in the handwriting of this priest-historian, is still preserved; but no information has survived concerning the original document written in the Quiché tongue.