He sees Maya link in UFOs, natural disastersKatrina. Rita. Wilma. The earthquake in Pakistan. These devastating natural disasters are part of the change the world is undergoing, something the Maya foretold thousands of years ago.
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
The Union Tribune
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
The Union Tribune
That's according to Jaime Maussan, a popular investigator of UFO phenomena in Mexico.
What's more, he said, a Maya prophecy predicts radical changes for the year 2012 that will alter the history of the planet.
Maussan will be at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido tomorrow to present a conference titled "La Profecía," where he said he will explore how the Maya predicted the future through their knowledge of astronomy.
"There are indications that the Maya had knowledge of this 5,000 years ago," he said, referring to the natural disasters. "The question is: Who told them?"
He theorizes that extraterrestrials somehow contacted the Maya, who were able to develop an understanding of events to come.
Someone looking at Maussan's résumé would not have prophesied his involvement with UFOs.
The Mexico native received a bachelor's degree in radio and television studies from Miami University in Ohio.
In the 1970s and '80s, he was considered one of Mexico's leading investigative journalists, working in that country's version of "60 Minutes."
In 1991, he became interested in the wave of UFO sightings Mexico experienced after that year's solar eclipse.
Since then, the 52-year-old has become Mexico's most popular UFO investigator, thanks to his weekly television program, "Third Millennium," and interviews in popular variety shows like "Otro Rollo."
Maussan said his interest in the Maya began after he investigated the mysterious designs that had been carved into fields in England, designs similar to Maya symbols.
Why does he think the Maya can predict the future?
The subject is a little complicated, because it is based upon codices and the Maya calendar, he explained from his home in Mexico City.
The first Maya prophecy is about "no-time," a 20-year period called the "katum" – part of a great solar cycle 5,125 years long, he said. This "no-time" period stretches from 1992 to 2012.
The Maya prophesied that at that time, ever more intense sunspots would appear on our stellar neighborhood and that, starting in 1992, humanity would enter a last great period of introspection. He said the natural disasters around the globe are delivering lessons about the power and limits humans have to control their world.
"We have to prepare for the climactic changes that are on the way. San Diego and other coastal cities could be lost. We face the possibility of a catastrophe in this sense," he said. "We are in a period of very great and important change."
So what's the use in knowing all of this?
"We must show more loyalty to one another, more solidarity among ourselves."
Not everyone in Mexico buys Maussan's message. Some plainly call him a fraud.
Dino de Labra is a journalist and investigator, who hosts the Tijuana radio program "Cosmic Sphere," which deals with UFOs and paranormal phenomena. He said Maussan's work is nothing more than marketing.
"He's only succeeding in titillating the audience. UFOs are a great business," said De Labra, whose program can be heard on both sides of the border. "When someone investigates these matters, it's not just about making money, but also nourishing people's spirituality, of awakening their conscience. Maussan shows only blurry videos. It's nothing that nourishes people's spirit.
"Maussan is an entertainer," de Labra concludes.
Pablo Lonnie Pacheco works for the Astronomical Society of the Alfa Planetarium in Monterrey, the most prominent such facility in northern Mexico. He has debated Maussan several times on television.
Pacheco said what bothers him is that Maussan is creating a panic to make money.
"He's a charlatan," he said. "He takes advantage of people's ignorance. He sees UFOs everywhere.
Maussan lost a great deal of credibility last year, when he maintained that the asteroid Toutatis would crash into the Earth, Pacheco said.
"Most people are ignorant about astronomy. Maussan presents it in a fun and creative way, and that's how he gets them hooked," said Pacheco, who has a column on the Astronomical Society's Web site titled "Las Maussandas," dedicated to refuting Maussan's statements.
There is little dispute that Maussan is a draw. He virtually sold out four presentations he made Oct. 28 and 29 at Tijuana's Centro Cultural.
Maussan's work is well known by investigators in the United States.
Mel Podell, director of the Mutual UFO Network in San Diego, an organization that investigates sightings in the region, said he has followed Maussan's career for several years.
"Maussan is a believable person, a serious person we can rely on," said Podell, calling Maussan Latin America's pre-eminent UFO researcher. "The work he is doing to keep people informed is good."
Maussan himself said he leaves it up to the audience to decide what to believe.
"I am just a journalist trying to find answers to these phenomena. I present the evidence. Each person must decide what they believe and what they cannot."
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