2012 is not the end of the world, Mayan elder insists

The year 2012 will not bring the end of the world, a Mayan elder has insisted, despite claims that a Mayan calendar shows that time will “run out” on December 21 of that year.

Apolinario Chile Pixtun is tired of being bombarded with frantic questions about the end of the world. “I came back from England last year and, man, they had me fed up with this stuff,” he said.
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A significant time period for the Mayans does end on the date, and enthusiasts have found a series of astronomical alignments they say coincide in 2012, including one that happens roughly only once every 25,800 years.

But most archaeologists, astronomers and Mayans say the only thing likely to hit Earth is a meteor shower of New Age philosophy, pop astronomy, internet doomsday rumours and TV specials such as one on the History Channel which mixes “predictions” from Nostradamus and the Mayans and asks: “Is 2012 the year the cosmic clock finally winds down to zero days, zero hope?”

Still, things are only likely to get worse for Mr Pixtun. Next month Hollywood’s “2012” opens in cinemas, featuring earthquakes, meteor showers and a tsunami dumping an aircraft carrier on the White House.

At Cornell University, Ann Martin, who runs the “Curious? Ask an Astronomer” website, says people are scared.

“It’s too bad that we’re getting e-mails from fourth-graders who are saying that they’re too young to die,” Ms Martin said. “We had a mother of two young children who was afraid she wouldn’t live to see them grow up.”

Mr Pixtun, a Guatemalan, says the doomsday theories spring from Western, not Mayan ideas.

But hysteria surrounding 2012 does have some grains of archaeological basis. One of them is Monument Six.

Found at an obscure ruin in southern Mexico during highway construction in the 1960s, the stone tablet almost did not survive; the site was largely paved over and parts of the tablet were looted.

The inscription describes something that is supposed to occur in 2012 involving Bolon Yokte, a mysterious Mayan god associated with both war and creation. However, erosion and a crack in the stone make the end of the passage almost illegible.

Guillermo Bernal, an archaeologist at Mexico’s National Autonomous University, believes the eroded message is: “He will descend from the sky”.

But Mr Bernal also notes there are other inscriptions at Mayan sites for dates far beyond 2012 – including one that roughly translates into the year 4772.

The Mayan civilization, based in modern day Mexico and Central America, reached its height from 300 AD to 900 AD and had a talent for astronomy

Its Long Count calendar begins in 3,114 BC, marking time in roughly 394-year periods known as Baktuns. Thirteen was a significant, sacred number for the Mayas, and the 13th Baktun ends around Dec 21, 2012.

“It’s a special anniversary of creation,” said David Stuart, a specialist in Mayan epigraphy at the University of Texas at Austin. “The Maya never said the world is going to end, they never said anything bad would happen necessarily, they’re just recording this future anniversary on Monument Six.”

But some say the Mayans knew another secret: the Earth’s axis wobbles, slightly changing the alignment of the stars every year. Once every 25,800 years, the sun lines up with the centre of our Milky Way galaxy on a winter solstice, the sun’s lowest point in the horizon.

That will happen on Dec. 21, 2012, when the sun appears to rise in the same spot where the bright centre of galaxy sets.

[Via Telegraph.co.uk]

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9 Responses

  1. wynboniface


    * October 13: The Mayan Calendar will require a sixth digit.
    * October 21: The Mayan king Pacal of Palenque predicted that on this date the eightieth Calendar Round anniversary of his accession will be celebrated.

    from wikipedia on the 5th millennium.

    I agree with that guy who is fed up.

  2. Survival Simon

    Whether or not something happens, you can't live life with worry and fear. All you can do is prepare well and hope for the best. Live your life as if every day is your last and you'll be happy. (http://www.survivalsimon.com)

  3. Packrat

    Putting whether something happens in or around 2012 aside, our government and our economy are taking us down a path of economic disaster and the best thing we can all do is be prepared.

  4. hello

    its NOT the end of the world its a whole load of phoney!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Allan J

    Although the Mayans never claimed the world will end at that time. but one thing is certain, a very rare moment in the universe will occur.

    In the scriptures it said, God made the moon and the stars so that we can determine the times!

    The Jews Calender is based off the moon and they synchronize their holidays off the moon.

    A very special rare star was present at the time the Messiah was born.

    2012 may not be the end of time. but there is a good chance that a special event may take place on 2012

  6. Researcher John

    From all of my researcher it is clear that the world will not just end in 2012, but that there will be a major change. My greatest fear is the reactions that humans will have. Regardless of any supernatural catastrophes, there is a huge chance that us people will manufacture large scale disasters.

    I do find the correlations between the return of alien races and 2012 very intriguing, and I set up my website to explore some of the possibilities. http://aliens-2012.com

  7. Clyde Roma Santuyo

    i will be my spirit eye pyramid, know explore first planet

    • Clyde Roma Santuyo

      please not like me


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