December 2, 2011
End Of The World In 2012? Not So Fast Say Mayan Experts
According to popular theory, and at least one Hollywood movie, the world will be coming to a messy end next December. However before you rack up credit card charges or tell your in-laws what you really think of them in preparation for this event, you might want to heed the latest advice of Mayan experts who want to dispel any belief that a world apocalypse is expected soon.
According to the Mayan calendar, December 12, 2012 marks the end of a 5,126 year old cycle which allegedly brings the return of Bolon Yokte, a Mayan god associated with war and creation, Pepe Cortes reports for Reuters.
Author Jose Arguelles, in a 1987 book that spawned an army of Mayan theorists, whose speculations on a cataclysmic end abound, called the date “the ending of time as we know it.”
However new interpretations of the hieroglyphs by Sven Gronemeyer of La Trobe University in Australia was presented this week and he claims that old prediction is not the latest in excavated findings.
Gronemeyer explains inscriptions on recently uncovered tablets reference 2012, touching off another round of talk about whether it predicts the end of the world. The inscriptions describe the return of mysterious Mayan god Bolon Yokte at the end of a 13th period of 400 years, known as Baktuns, on the equivalent of Dec. 21, 2012.
Mayans considered 13 a sacred number. There´s nothing apocalyptic in the date, Gronemeyer tells The Telegraph.
“We have to be clear about this. There is no prophecy for 2012,” said Erik Velasquez, an etchings specialist at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. “It´s a marketing fallacy.”
Many experts doubt the second inscription is a definite reference to the date, saying there is no future tense marking like there is in the Tortuguero tablet reports The Guardian. A second inscription mentioning the 2012 date was on the carved or molded face of a brick found at the Comalcalco ruin, near the Tortuguero site. It is being kept at the institute and is not on display.
The institute has tried to dispel talk of a 2012 apocalypse. Its latest step was to arrange a special round table of Mayan experts this week at Palenque, which is where Gronemeyer made his comments.
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