posted on Jun, 26 2007 @ 05:59 AM
The reason that the Maya are thought by many to have been "onto something" is the accuracy of their calendar and their knowledge of the
precessionary cycle of 1 degree every 72 years, foreshadowing our own knowledge of this phenomenon by some 350+ years.
I wouldn't take Mel Gibson's film as the epitome of accuracy, when it comes to the Maya and their practices. Archaeological evidence regarding them
is thin on the ground, as the Spanish destroyed everything they could lay their hands on that might dispel the lie that the "Indians" in South
America were illiterate savages. Much of Mel's sources come from that extremely biased source.
As I understand it, the Maya fully expected their civilisation to last until the end of their fourth age, in 2012, but obviously reckoned without the
conquistadors. Could it be that they were expecting a purely galactic phenomenon, rather than a Human one? If so, and considering their accuracy in
matters astronomical, perhaps their predictions do stand.
I have read contradictory accounts of the astronomical alignments that are supposed to be in effect on that day. Does anybody think they have the long
and short of it?