IAmA Niwinaq Don Tómas Calvo, Mayan Elder of the K’iche’ Mayoral of Chichicastenango, Guatemala. I am the highest moral authority of the Maya people, and I am visiting NYC to tell the world the truth about December 21, 2012 - AMA
Don Tómas Calvo is a Mayan Elder of the K’iche’ Mayoral of Santo Tomas de Chichicastenango, is a guardian of the Popol Vuh, the Mayan holy book, the spiritual leader, and the highest moral and ancestral authority of the Maya, described as the Mayan Pope. He was chosen at a young age to become Niwinaq, and is highly revered among the Mayan people, who number about half of Guatemala's 15 million citizens. Don Tómas is leading a delegation of Mayan elders visiting New York to share their message with humanity and correct misconceptions about December 21, 2012.
I work at the Guatemalan Mission to the UN, which in conjunction with mayanow.org organized the trip to NY, and I am posting this AMA on Don Tómas's behalf. I will translate the best/most upvoted questions into Spanish and pose them to Don Tómas's scribe, another mayan elder, and he will translate them into the K'iche' language and ask them to Don Tómas. K'iche' is a mayan language spoken by about 1 million people in Guatemala's central highlands and is the only Language Don Tómas speaks.
 I'll relay some questions on Monday, and more in the next few days. Feel free to address your questions directly to Don Tómas, if you have a question for me, address it to "Jonah" (my name). I can see below that you guys have already asked several good questions. That said, there are only so many times one can answer the basic common questions. Feel free to ask more specific, elaborate, or outside-the-box questions. As long as the question is polite, I'll do my best to have it answered.
wow thanks for all the questions! I'm heading over to meet with Don Tómas right now so I'll start posting answers in about half an hour!
[edit 3] lets get started!!
IMPORTANT NOTE: i just finished talking to Don Tomas and posting several answers. I'll interview him further later today, stay tuned! Just for clarification, EVERY ANSWER BELOW THAT I POSTED IS DON TOMAS'S, with the exception of a question posed to me regarding proof. Unless I explicitly say otherwise, it is Don Tomas speaking. We'll be back later to answer more questions, Maltiox!! (thank you in K'iche')
Hurricane update: thank you all so much for your questions ad interest. I am genuinely sorry because there are so many really thoughtful inquiries that we didn't get to. Right now we have no electricity or running water or internet (im on my phone right now) and won't have any for a few days. I'm cautiously optimistic that when power is restored we can answer more questions, but I don't really know when that will Be. Hopefully this is not the end of this AMA, but if it turns out to be I want to sincerely thank you, on behalf of myself and don Tomas.