The Maya Cosmic Prophecy: From Sensation to Sensibility
Maya Scholars, in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador and North America, have been watching with amusement and dismay as self-styled experts proclaim that ancient Maya prophets foretold an earth-shattering happening to occur December 21, 2012. This predicted phenomenon gets described in contradictory but often cataclysmic fashion--as an ecological collapse, a sunspot storm, a rare cosmic conjunction of the earth, sun, and the galactic center, a new and awesome stage of our evolution, and even a sudden reversal of the Earth's magnetic field which will erase all our computer drives. One even predicts the earth's initiation into a Galactic Federation, whose elders have been accelerating our evolution with a "galactic beam" for the last 5000 years. In sum, the world as we know it will suddenly come to a screeching halt.
These predictions are alleged to be prophecies by so-called "Ancient Mayans" whose "astronomically precise" calendar supposedly terminates on that date. According to such accounts, these mysterious Maya geniuses appeared suddenly, built an extraordinary civilization, designed in it clues for us, and then suddenly, inexplicably, vanished, as if they had completed their terrestrial mission. These same experts claim special credibility for the Maya prophecies by asserting that these historic sages, with their possible extraterrestrial origins, had tapped into an astonishing esoteric wisdom.
Could any of this be true?
The credibility of those claims deserves rational attention-which is what I intend to provide. Neither mystic nor prophet, I am a Mayanist. More specifically, I am a professional art historian and an epigrapher (less formally, a glypher), one who can read and write Maya hieroglyphs. For over a decade, I have focused my scholarly research specifically on Maya culture and writing, making some surprising discoveries that can present a more definitive perspective on the prophecies of the ancient Maya seers. As we approach the critical year, it is time to offer a more viable account of the Maya prophecy and expose both the fallacies and ethnocentricism tainting the current sensational accounts.
Here I intend to explain what we actually know about (1) Maya knowledge and attitudes, both ancient and modern, (2) the date 22.214.171.124.0. and (3) their many Creation stories and prophecies. I shall draw from recent decipherment, ethnography, interviews with Maya priests and knowledge-keepers, and especially from their surviving prophetic literature. That literature includes The Books of Chilam Balam, among others, the pre-Columbian Codices, and ancient inscriptions. The evidence is sometimes fragmentary and often puzzling to us moderns, at least at first. But I believe the effort will be worth it.
First, let me affirm that the year 2012 does hold particular significance in Mayan scholarship. Those of us who study the ancient and modern Maya anthropologists, archaeologists, art historians, linguists, historians, amateurs, collectors have been anticipating the end of the Maya Great Cycle for some time. We write it 126.96.36.199.0 4 Ajaw 3 K'ank'in. We have known for half a century that this date probably correlates to December 21 (or December 23) in the year 2012 in the Gregorian calendar.
|It's Not The End Of The World|
|Part I Introduction to the "2012 issue" (4.36 MB) |
|Part II A look at the Creation (14.2 MB)|
The past and future cycles
What Happens at the "End of the Calendar?"
Is 188.8.131.52.0 Really the "End of the Calendar?"
|Part III Maya Conceptions of Time & Truth (14.0 MB)|
|Part IV Appendix: Technicalities of the Calendars (5.02 MB)|
Links to other material
Numerical Factors and Periods Important in Maya Calendrics
2012: It's Not the End of the World Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
Collected Articles and Interviews about 2012
Sources Cited & Further Reading
Mark Van Stone's blog
Questions & Comments
Buy the book! — Get a more detailed version of the 2012 Prophecy.
Click here for interactive date conversions
End of the World Essay examples
2245 Words9 Pages
Do you expect the world to end? Will humans leave the world to another life form soon? These questions have plagued man since his inception on this planet. Humans have, in every culture, have made predictions of how and when the world will end. We have done this either through religion or just average men or women who say they have the sight to see the future. Do we consider religion false and seers charlatans? We must first look at the worlds myths about the end of the world, or as is called from the Greek, apocalypse. We will examine myths from Christianity, Hindu, Norse and Mayan/Aztec cultures. We will also see if there are any similarities and can they be proven as fact, for prediction of any event is speculative at best. Let us…show more content…
A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up” (NIV, 1999). The Anti-Christ takes over the world for Satan and tries to kill Gods chosen people and finally make war with them, only to lose and then both are judged and then thrown into a lake of fire with the rest that did not believe in Christ and his salvation. In the end God and Christ bring heaven to earth and those who believed in them will inherent the earth, newly restored. We can see that the world as we know it will be destroyed and then this prophecy gives hope that there will be a new beginning. This destruction and reformation of the world is also prevalent in Islamic and Judaism culture. Another cultural myth is the Wars of Hindu mythology. In the Hindu teachings, The Wars of Hindu mythology depict great heroes and demons in combat of universal magnitude, overflowing with the tremendous power of celestial weapons, religious theology, the unexplained, and mystical beings. “While no Hindu epic or scripture fails to describe the horrors of war and its fallout, major wars are fought with a religious purpose: often to eliminate demonic beings, or lords and rulers who pursue war wantonly for ambition and domination. The most destructive wars in Hindu myth are often genocidal in scale, they are driven with the mission of good triumphing over evil” (Mythology).