The Mighty Mayans

Time, it just keeps on ticking. Unless you happen to be a Mayan watcher and then great fear probably has your world ending in 2012 where the tick-tock clock ticks down. Numerous news articles have been written about it and those promoters of great truth, Hollywood movie producers, have embraced the concept. After all, everyone loves a good doomsday story. It’s an even better story when it comes from some now extinct culture whose writings are shrouded in mystery.

How long has the 2012 gospel been preached? I’m not sure. I think it grew to hype sometime around early 2010 but I forget. I know people are very here/now oriented so I can’t imagine it being too much earlier than that (though I remain the right to be wrong). You have to jump on such things pretty quick because your great “the world is ending in 2012” book is not going to be worth much in the year 2013. How many outdated rapture books have we seen now!mayan painting

Prophets of doom have been saying that we’re in for an apocalypse on Dec. 21, 2012, because that marks the end of the Maya “Long Count” calendar…

So what happened to the Mayans? Perhaps 2012 was just way too long to wait to see the demise of their culture and they vacated out early. Hey, it’s plausible. Why die out centuries later when you can die out today? Who knows. Perhaps it was due to famine, disease, war or something similar. Maybe someday we’ll know for sure. What killed off the Mayans is probably not too different from what’s killed off any other culture in the past. What we do know for sure is that life moves on, even if it is without us.

Indeed, life did move on without the Mayans and it’s likely to move on quite further. Contrary to the fantastic notions of Hollywood, the Mayans did not predict the end of the world in 2012 nor did they stop recording time after that point. That all too famous 2012 calendar was not displaying the end of time, it was merely displaying the end of that calendar. It’s not much different than any of our 5yr or 10yr calendars.

Further evidence of the above fact has been recently discovered in Guatemala. The find is pretty exciting, not so much from the 2012 perspective but from the perspective of archeology in general because the find was decently preserved. As for completely blowing away ‘the world is ending in 2012’ theory, well, the evidence uncovered was just an extra bonus. Besides, no real archeologist believed the Mayans predicted the end of civilization in 2012. I suppose then if the world does end this year, the Mayans don’t get the credit for it. Then again, if it does end this year, it might be a moot point to figure out who predicted it first.

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