Commissioned on behalf of the Maya nation, the Shift of the Ages is the first official discourse to the world from the Mayan Council of Elders, intended to dispel misconceptions and replace them with the positive story about this incredible period of time for humanity.The Shift of the Ages is a dramatic documentary film that reveals the story of the Mayan culture and its sophisticated prophecies of time, as told for the first time by the Grand Elder of the Mayan people, Alejandro Cirilo Perez Oxlaj. Known as “Wandering Wolf,” Don Alejandro is the elected Grand Elder of the living Maya, former Ambassador in the Guatemalan Government, and mystical Aj Q’ji, or timekeeper of tradition.
The film, shot over the course of seven years and in more than six countries, follows Wandering Wolf from his early days as a shoeshine boy on the streets of Guatemala through his coming of age and acceptance of his spiritual destiny. The Shift of the Ages follows him on an epic quest to recover the Sacred Staff of Authority, an ancient object at the heart of this global awakening and subject of a 500 year old ancestral conflict that ultimately ends in the downfall of Valentin Mejillones, an Aymaran elder in Bolivia who abused the good will of the Mayan people for his own political gain.
The Mayans were superb mathematicians and astronomers who devised one of the most accurate calendars known to man. They speak of a year “zero,” which was thought by some scholars to be 2012. Wandering Wolf explains, however, how the Mayan calendar is cyclical, not linear like that of Westerners who try to interpret it. He teaches us how this “zero” time period is what the Mayans refer to as the “change of the suns,” and clarifies this as a transition process, not a singular day or event. Indigenous wisdom passed down to Wandering Wolf is shared for the first time in a way that expresses the role human consciousness plays in connecting to the universe. We come away assured this is a time of great opportunity to heal ourselves and our planet from wounds of the past.
Set against the backdrop of the end of the Mayan Long Count calendar, the film is a tightly woven tapestry of human drama and cultural history that takes you on an adventure into the heart of the Maya, their ancient spiritual traditions and sophisticated culture. The Shift of the Ages beautifully illustrates the power of the human spirit.
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