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Mayans Demand an End to 2012 Doomsday Myth

By: Agence France-Presse
From: The Raw Story

Guatemala’s Mayan people accused the government and tour groups on Wednesday of perpetuating the myth that their calendar foresees the imminent end of the world for monetary gain.

“We are speaking out against deceit, lies and twisting of the truth, and turning us into folklore-for-profit. They are not telling the truth about time cycles,” charged Felipe Gomez, leader of the Maya alliance Oxlaljuj Ajpop.

Several films and documentaries have promoted the idea that the ancient Mayan calendar predicts that doomsday is less than two months away, on December 21, 2012.

The Culture Ministry is hosting a massive event in Guatemala City — which as many as 90,000 people are expected to attend — just in case the world actually does end, while tour groups are promoting doomsday-themed getaways.

Maya leader Gomez urged the Tourism Institute to rethink the doomsday celebration, which he criticized as a “show” that was disrespectful to Mayan culture.

Experts say that for the Maya, all that ends in 2012 is one of their calendar cycles, not the world.

Gomez’s group issued a statement saying that the new Maya time cycle simply “means there will be big changes on the personal, family and community level, so that there is harmony and balance between mankind and nature.”

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Evidence Stacking Up Against 12-21-12

By Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Waiting for the end of the world on Dec. 21?

Doomsdayers may be disappointed.

A University of Texas art history professor has deciphered a reference in Maya hieroglyphs to the so-called doomsday date of Dec. 21, 2012, and has found that there is no prediction about the end of time.

David Stuart, a UT professor of Mesoamerican art and writing, unlocked the meaning of hieroglyphs at an archaeological site in Guatemala. He said the hieroglyphs suggest that the 2012 reference was instead a bit of political spin on the part of a Maya ruler hoping to assuage his followers after he was defeated in battle.

The ruler said that the defeat was just part of a larger cycle of time, one that would end in 2012 after which another cycle would begin.

Stuart, along with scholars from Tulane University and the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, made the announcement  Thursday in Guatemala.

Stuart’s finding is the second reference to the doomsday prediction in the entire corpus of ancient Maya writing. The other reference to the 2012 date was found in an ancient Maya monument in Tortuguero in the Mexican state of Tabasco.

The newly interpreted hieroglyphs were discovered at La Corona site of Maya ruins in northwestern Guatemala, where Stuart has been conducting research for 15 years.

A stone staircase at La Corona turned out to be a hieroglyph-filled record of 200 years of La Corona’s political history, its allies and its enemies.

On one of the staircase blocks, Stuart recognized among its 56 carved glyphs the so-called doomsday date.

“The monument commemorated a royal visit to La Corona in the year 696 by the most powerful Maya ruler of that time, a few months after his defeat by a long-standing rival in AD 695,” Stuart said in a statement.

“Thought by scholars to have been killed in this battle, this ruler was visiting allies and allaying their fears after his defeat. It was a time of great political turmoil in the Maya region, and this king felt compelled to allude to a larger cycle of time that happens to end in 2012.”

The Maya’s “Long Count” calendar — which spans roughly 5,125 years starting in 3114 B.C. — reaches the end of a cycle on Dec. 21, 2012.

But scholars have suggested that for the Maya, the end of the Long Count calendar also implies the beginning of a new calendar, not the end of time on Earth as many New Age believers have proposed.
Marcello Canuto, director of Tulane’s Middle American Research Institute who led the recent discovery project, said, “What this … shows us is that in times of crisis, the ancient Maya used their calendar to promote continuity and stability rather than predict apocalypse.”

Source: Austin American Statesman

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The World Will Go On

A recent exploration of the ruins of Xultun in the Guatemalan rain forest has unearthed Mayan writings that show calendars dating far beyond December 21, 2012. Archaeologist William Saturno and his team found the calendar, along with several murals, painted on a wall of what is thought to be an old house.

“For the first time we get to see what may have been actual records kept by a scribe, whose job was to be the official record keeper on a Maya community,” Saturno said.

It appears the scribe used the walls as a kind of whiteboard to record dates and make calculations, and the writings contain the same symbols found on the bark-paper pages of the Dresden Codex. On one wall, there is even a reference to 17 baktuns, a cycle of time in the Mayan calendar representing roughly 400 years.

“There was a lot more to the Maya calendar than just 13 baktuns,” Professor David Stuart said.

The calendars discovered previously ended after the 13th baktun, which fueled the belief that the world would end on December 21. With this new discovery, it is clear that the Mayans did not predict the end of the world, but that a new cycle begins.

“The ancient Maya predicted the world would continue, that 7000 years from now, things would be exactly like this,” Saturno said. “We keep looking for endings. The Maya were looking for a guarantee that nothing would change. It’s an entirely different mindset.”


Sources: USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, Newsroom America

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Too Soon?

It may be too soon but I couldn’t resist. His death may not be the end of the world, but it is certainly the end of an era. Rest in peace Dick Clark!

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Is the Math Wrong?

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NASA and the Mayan Apocalypse

Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory put out a new video to address false claims about the “Mayan apocalypse,” a non-event that some people believe will bring the world to an end on Dec. 21.

In the video, Don Yeomans, head of the Near-Earth Objects Program Office at NASA/JPL, explains away many of the most frequently cited doomsday scenarios.

Source: Scientific American, Life’s Little Mysteries

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Thoughts of a Mayan Elder- Carlos Barrios

We have heard how scholars are interpreting the calendar and sacred texts of the Maya, but what do the Mayans themselves think about all of this speculation? Carlos Barrios is a Mayan elder and ceremonial priest for the Eagle Clan and the following are excerpts from and interview with him.

1. What is your view on the end of the Mayan Long Count Calendar and the association that has been made to the end of the world?

They say that the world will end in December 2012. The Mayan elders are angry with this. The world will not end. It will be transformed. Humanity will continue, but in a different way. If the people of the Earth can get to this 2012 date in good shape without having destroyed too much of the Earth, we will rise to a new, higher level. This process has already begun. Change is accelerating now and it will continue to accelerate.

2. Most of the information I have gathered says the end of the calendar simply represents a rebirth. What sort of rebirth do you see happening for our world?

Mayan Day-keepers view the Dec. 21, 2012 date as a rebirth, the start of the World of the Fifth Sun. It will be the start of a new era resulting from and signified by the solar meridian crossing the galactic equator and the Earth aligning itself with the center of the galaxy. The prophesied changes are going to happen, but our attitude and actions determine how harsh or mild they are.

3. What are your thoughts on those who says current events and tragedies are pointing towards the end of the world?

We are no longer in the World of the Fourth Sun, but we are not yet in the World of the Fifth Sun. This is the time in-between, the time of transition. As we pass through transition there is a colossal, global convergence of environmental destruction, social chaos, war, and ongoing Earth Changes.

To read more information about Carlos Barrios and his views, please visit www.carlosbarrios.org.

Interview source: SERI-Worldwide

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Mayan Creation Stories and The End of the Calendar

The Mayan Long Count Calendar ends on December 21, 2012. While some claim it will be the end of the world, some say a new era will begin, while still others believe nothing at all of value will happen.

The Maya have a sacred text called the Popol Vuh. This tells the story of the creations associated with each long count cycle thus far. In the first, the gods created plants and animals. They were pleased, but discovered the birds and land creatures did not have the ability to speak and therefore could not praise and worship them. The second attempt at creating a subservient creature led to the first humans. The gods constructed them out of mud, but they were unpleasing to the eye and unintelligent so the gods allowed them to melt away in the rain. The third creation by the gods was humans made of wood. These creatures had no blood or brains and therefore did not give the gods the respect they desired and deserved. This upset the gods and they allowed the animals to turn on these humans and beat them until they hid in the woods. The final stage of the Popol Vuh was the creation of the fully functional human out of corn. This is the stage we are currently in and why there is so much speculation about what will happen when it ends.

Author Jose Arguelles believes the end date will bring about a catastrophic change to our planet followed by a golden age for those that survive. Mayan scholar David Stuart completely disagrees and says the Mayans made no such prediction about the end of the world and a “transformation of consciousness”. Many others think the end of the long count calendar has no more significance than the end of our calendar every December and that the cycles will simply turn over and start again with no noticeable change in our world or its people.

Stay tuned tomorrow for the Thoughts of a Mayan Elder!

Sources: The Popol Vuh, CBC News


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