Mayan 'prediction' of world ending in 2012 disputed

The world is supposed to end next year – according to some. The end has been predicted using the Mayan calendar, but now Mayan experts say the end of time is still far off.

The Mayan calendar marks the end of a 5,126 year old cycle around Dec. 12, 2012, which is supposed to bring the return of Bolon Yokte, a Mayan god associated with war and creation.

Jose Arguelles wrote in his 1987 book that the date would mark the "ending of time as we know it." This spawned an army of Mayan theorists. But true Mayan experts say the date merely marks the termination of one period of creation and the beginning of another – and no the end of time.

Experts from The National Institute of Anthropological History in Mexico blame the widespread apocalyptic fear on the messianic thinking predominant in western culture, saying western philosophies project their thinking onto Mayan beliefs.

Truth is, the Mayan people didn't think about the end of the world – they simply lived for each day as it came. 

Now why can't that thinking be what sticks, instead of fear of the end of the world?

Published Wednesday, December 7, 2011 2:05 PM by bulldog
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