POSTED: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 5:47pm
UPDATED: Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 3:48pm
Simple suggestions that have been around for thousands of year are now at your fingertips through a book written by an El Paso teacher. The book looks into what the Aztecs and the Mayans knew and applying it to our modern world. The teachings are so simple, that the author, Carlos Aceves, has implemented the teachings to his elementary school-age students for the past two decades.
Through songs that tie numbers and nature together, students at Canutillo Elementary are learning something unique. "Numbers are used as nematic devices," said Aceves. "And they're used as metaphors. It's a way of storing knowledge. It's a way of expressing knowledge. It's a way of using symbols.
Aceves has been studying Aztec and Mayan knowledge for more than 30 years. He's been passing off what he's learned to his students for nearly two decades. He has been using the Xinachi method, which was started by a group of educators in Arizona, to teach his classroom since 1992.
And now he's taking what he's learned to the next level by publishing a book titled "Nine Seasons: Beyond 2012." "The precept of this book is that all human beings are able to live 104 years in a life span that can be divided in 9 seasons," said Aceves.
He says his book simplifies practical knowledge of the Aztec and Mayans that people can apply in their daily lives. Getting back to simplistics and closer to nature, he says, are key.
"There's scientific components that western civilization has ignored for many, many years, but the earth changes, the earth goes through many changes and cycles," he said.
Hal Marcus, a contributing editor and designer of the book cover, says he is amazed at the information included in the manual.
"I think that this little manual is going to be very popular, not just in El Paso but worldwide because there really is a lot of information in this little manual that's been passed on from generation to generation," said Marcus.
As far as what some say about 2012 being the end of the world, Aceves says he believes the Mayans and the Aztecs were not predicting the end, but rather, a much-needed cycle change.
"We just happen to be at one of those cycles and if we're aware of those changes and we're aware of the knowledge of those people who knew about those changes, then we'll make a good transition into the next era," said Aceves.
If you'd like to buy a copy of Nine Seasons: Beyond 2012, Carlos Acevis will be at a book signing at the Hal Marcus Gallery tomorrow night. It'll take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Marcus will also unveil the art piece that is used on the book's cover. The gallery is located at 1308 N. Oregon. The book costs $12.
For more information, visit www.halmarcus.com  or you can also order a book by emailing carlosacevessbcglobal.net.