Beryl Gorbman, The Yucatan Yenta
They must be for real! They’ve made the New York Times! (Thanks to Louise Vogel for spotting the article.) In case you missed other news on this, a group of Italians have built an ambitious doomsday bunker residence called Las Aguilas near the remote village of Xul, Yucatan. They have been secretive and even the nosy Yucatan Yenta has not found a way to enter the area, or even contact any of the residents.However, the Yenta’s secret contacts tell her that the actual leader of the group is not Italian, but a Mexican woman!
Elizabeth Malkin, a talented Times writer, who unfortunately turns up little new information about the secretive group near Xul, published an article yesterday that is a masterful study of how to make a long article out of very little information.
Of course, the more secretive the group is, as the time grows closer to the apocalyptic date of 12/21/2012, the more pressure they will have to withstand from the outside world.
I imagine they are paranoid, and rightly so, that if people get frightened enough by the dire predictions of the end of the world. they will try harder and harder to penetrate the compound and find safety there.
You have to admire these guys for the degree of secrecy they’ve maintained. It’s hard to get any of the Xul residents to say much about Las Aguilas, and they’ve stayed out of the local press except for the persistance of Por Esto, a Merida daily paper. (See below)
Aside from the whole intriguing question of what’s going on there, my overriding question, is how they apparently got approval from INAH (the national agency that oversees museums, historic buildings and archaeological sites) with an iron hand, is allowing them to build on their 846-hectare land when it is the site of a huge ancient Maya city called Kiuic.
Yesterday I was speaking to a representative of the Jack Nicklaus golf country club, which owns less than half the acreage of Las Aguilas, and he said it took a very long time and over a million dollars before INAH completed their study of the housing and golf course areas for them.
The Merida newspaper, Por Esto, has written several articles about Las Aguilas which are more informative. They describe the actual construction of the buildings and discuss the local issues regarding ownership of the property. If you go to the Por Esto site and type Xul in the searchbox, you will see about a dozen articles. Some are about the various governmental investigations, one is about the Italian consul saying he knows nothing about the “City of the End of the World” and one is an article reassuring the public that certain government agencies know all they need to know. One article mentions the possibilites of a Jonestown-type mass suicide, apparently a public health concern.
In my opinion, since Las Aguilas is the primary employer of the people of Xul, an unusually poor village, their beliefs are bound to affect the local Maya population. Church services have been held in Xul to reassure the villagers.