Mayans May Have Never Predicted the World's End in 2012
Experts try to dispel the end of time legend
Thousands of years ago, the great Mayans created a calendar that ended with the date of December 12, 2012. Foolish of us to think that meant the world would cease to exist on that date. Well, at least that is what some Mayan experts are claiming.
The Mayan calendar marks the end of a 5,126 year old cycle around December 12, 2012 which should bring the return of Bolon Yokte, a Mayan god associated with war and creation.
Author Jose Arguelles called the date "the ending of time as we know it" in a 1987 book that spawned an army of Mayan theorists, whose speculations on a cataclysmic end abound online. But specialists meeting at this ancient Mayan city in southern Mexico say it merely marks the termination of one period of creation and the beginning of another.
"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 (UNAM). "It's a marketing fallacy."
The National Institute of Anthropological History in Mexico has been trying to quell the barrage of forecasters predicting the apocalypse. "The West's messianic thinking has distorted the world view of ancient civilizations like the Mayans," the institute said in a statement.
So it seems like we "westerns" have gotten it all wrong and let out paranoia get the best of us. Well, now that the experts have spoken do you believe them?