2012 – The End of the World?

I’m getting a lot of questions from friends about 2012 – did the Maya predict that the world will end in that year?

In a word – NO!

Don’t start selling all your belongings because you fear the coming apocalypse – here’s why…

2012 - The End of The World?

Does the Dresden Codex, or other Mayan writing, predict the end of the world in 2012?

“Finally, let’s turn to the reputed source of prophecies about 2012: the ancient Maya calendar. While it is true that December 21, 2012 marks the end of a grand cycle in the Long Count calendar, none of the thousands of Maya hieroglyphic texts says a word about disasters, new ages of enlightenment, or the end of time.

The prevailing notion that the Maya calendar must reset in 2012 may stem from confusion between a “world age” and a “cycle of time.”

Maya myth tells us that the third Creation lasted 13 Bak’tuns. But that is not to say that the present world age will also last 13 Bak’tuns. The Aztecs made it clear that each previous age lasted a different length of time, much like the Greek, Roman, and Hindu cycles. Western interpreters have conflated the steady rhythm of the Long Count calendar with the more fluid paradigm of world ages.

One thing is certain: the Maya regarded the turns of katuns and bak’tuns as times of renewal and transformation.

Just as the Aztecs held the New Fire Ceremony at the end of each 52-year cycle, the ancient Maya viewed the end of major Long Count cycles as times for new beginnings.

If the ancient Maya could witness the current crop of doomsayers wringing their hands over the arrival of the 13th Bak’tun, they would probably be dismayed. Inevitably, changes were to be ushered in through dedicated action, sacrifice, and joyful celebration.”

An excerpt from 2012: The End of Rumors, by Ed Barnhart, the director of the Mayan Research Project. If you’d like to read the full article, or learn more about Mayan archeology, I recommend that you check out Mayan Exploration Project.



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