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“They were not chosen for this,” he said. She later learned that the spirits told the shaman that the person chosen to replace him when he died would be found on a certain date on the beach. It was the date he discovered Miranda.
“He told me when he saw me that he was shocked by my young age. But then he thought, ‘Who am I to contradict what the spirits want?’ ”
At 14, Miranda returned home, found menial work and dreamed of being a marine biologist. Instead, she earned a degree in computer programming and protested for better health and education. She was thrown into jail, then released by a soldier warning her to “get out of this country.”
She came to Minnesota in the 1990s to join family, taking archaeology classes at Hamline University. She became a workaholic, her internal compass no longer steady. Then she became ill. When the dreams came, she returned to what she knew best.
In a chat room, Miranda began teaching others about the Maya calendar, using NASA sky data and mathematical equations, along with spiritual guidance, in her interpretations. She said her blog now has more than 26,000 followers in Mexico, another 14,700 in the United States. Others come from Spain and Russia and many other countries.
She knows that some see her gift as suspect. The gentle, soft-spoken Miranda doesn’t worry about that. She’s not out to convince anybody of anything.
On the other hand, many Maya people call her their “prophet.” She’s far more uncomfortable with that.
The Science Museum’s lead exhibit developer, Joanne Jones-Rizzi, feels lucky to have found Miranda through word of mouth. “She’s this ultimate combination of ancient practice and contemporary science, coming together in the modern world,” Jones-Rizzi said.
Miranda is pleased with the growing interest in ancient daykeeping. “This is knowledge for humanity, so people can understand themselves,” she said. “I am bursting to talk about it. I want to teach this to people so it’s not lost again.”