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The World Will End in 2012 … Or Maybe Not, the Mayan Calendar Myth

December 9th, 2012
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Remember the media frenzy around the alleged Mayan calendar declaring that 2012 the world would end. It kind of went away but it has come back again, apparently many people in Russia and China are going kind of nuts.

I actually even had a couple pastors kind of hitting the panic button, begging for resources they could use to set their people’s minds at ease. Well, turns out this was all pretty much of a bunch of baloney. You read why here. Here’s the article:

Did you know that the whole thing about the Mayan calendar predicting the end of the world in 2012 was based on one broken and eroded tablet of glyphs? The idea is that in the Mayan Long Count calendar, our current era (the 13-Bak’tun cycle) ends on the 23rd of December 2012 and that this end date isn’t just the end of a historical era and the beginning of a new one, but rather the end of all eras. The sole reference to the 2012 apocalypse, however, is a highly nebulous line on a 1300-year-old stone tablet found in Monument 6 in the Tortuguero archaeological site in the southern state of Tabasco.

Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History and Mayan experts in general have not been big fans of the Mayan apocalypse theory because they say it projects a Western obsession with eschatology onto Mayan culture. Nor have they found the various translations of that one line of hard to read glyphs particularly persuasive.

Or that’s what they said in public anyway. The Mexican government has been holding out on us, for the Tortuguero tablet is not the sole reference to 2012. There is a second one engraved on the face of one of the bricks in the nearby Comalcalco temple.

Arturo Mendez, a spokesman for the institute, said the fragment of inscription had been discovered years ago and has been subject to thorough study. It is not on display and is being kept in storage at the institute.

WHAT ARE THEY TRYING TO HIDE? Oh sure, a handful of scholars knew about this brick, but they’re obviously in on it.

[University of Texas at Austin Mayan epigraphy expert David] Stuart said the date inscribed on the brick “‘is a ‘Calendar Round,’ a combination of a day and month position that will repeat every 52 years.”

The brick date does coincide with the end of the 13th Baktun; Baktuns were roughly 394-year periods, and 13 was a significant, sacred number for the Mayas. The Mayan Long Count calendar begins in 3114 B.C., and the 13th Baktun ends around Dec. 21, 2012.
But the date on the brick could also correspond to similar dates in the past, Stuart said.

“There’s no reason it couldn’t be also a date in ancient times, describing some important historical event in the Classic period. In fact, the third glyph on the brick seems to read as the verb huli, ‘he/she/it arrives,’” Stuart wrote. “There’s no future tense marking (unlike the Tortuguero phrase), which in my mind points more to the Comalcalco date being more historical than prophetic.”

A likely story, Mr. “Stuart”, if that’s your real name.

In order to continue to pull the wool over out eyes until it’s too late, the National Institute of Anthropology and History will hold a round table of 60 Mayan experts next week at the Palenque archaeological site where they will “explain” the Mayan Long Count calendar’s vision of historical cycles. Doubtless those 60 experts will be paid with third class berths on the top secret giant arks being built in underground shipyards to save the privileged few from the extinction of our species.

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  1. December 1st, 2011 at 08:28 | #1

    If so, I will follow Luther’s advice and plant a tree. (If the ground isn’t frozen)

  2. Jason
    December 1st, 2011 at 10:43 | #2

    So if it points to an historical event that happened around Dec 21, does this not suggest that it points to the birth of Christ. Wouldn’t that be a total mind blower if the Mayans saw the star and recorded it as this event that happened around this time of year. Just a thought.

  3. Kais
    December 1st, 2011 at 20:12 | #3

    Dear World,

    Please stop freaking out about 2012. Our calendars end there because some Spanish dirt-bags invaded our country and we got a little busy ok?


    The Mayans

  4. December 1st, 2011 at 22:34 | #4

    Actually, the tablets say that Klaatu and Gort will land in Area 51 on 12/21/2012.

  5. Robert F
    December 9th, 2012 at 17:37 | #5

    If Christians are panicking about this, it’s because they haven’t received sober, intelligent instruction in eschatology from those responsible for Christian formation, and that’s either because they have been fed from the polluted trough of sensationalistic End-Times prognosticators on the one hand; or their liberal progressive churches dismiss the idea of the Parousia of Christ, except as a kind of vague spiritual symbol, on the other. Since there is an obsession with this so-called apocalyptic Mayan fragment, this season of Advent would be a good time for pastors to edify their flocks about the Christian view of these matters and to remind them of the hope we have in the Parousia of Christ. That is, if the pastors themselves are edified in this matter.

  6. James Crouse
    December 9th, 2012 at 19:25 | #6

    Methinks Pr. McCain also read last month’s Archaeology magazine, based on the first part of the posting. The latter part causes one to wonder if his cheek is distended by rather extreme pressure from the tongue… good satire, no?

  7. Robert F
    December 9th, 2012 at 21:39 | #7

    Recovering Lutheran,

    Gort, Klaatu barada nikto! Klaatu barada nikto!

    Whew, that was a near apocalypse, but I saved Earth just in the nikto time.

  8. CRB
    December 10th, 2012 at 11:59 | #8

    I wonder if the pre and post-millenialists are looking forward to this?!

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