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Apolinario Chile Pixtun is tired of being bombarded with frantic questions about the Mayan calendar supposedly "running out" on Dec. 21, 2012. After all, it's not the end of the world.
Or is it?
Definitely not, the Mayan Indian elder insists. "I came back from England last year and, man, they had me fed up with this stuff."
Chile Pixtun, a Guatemalan, says the doomsday theories spring from Western, not Mayan ideas.
Originally posted by wylee
Maybe we should listen, somehow they predicted the Conquistadors arriving to the day?....
Maya knowledge has to do with cycles, not endings. That is our western love of self-destruction so we don't have to do anything, much like the rapture.
Spooky, perhaps, but Bernal notes there are other inscriptions at Mayan sites for dates far beyond 2012 - including one that roughly translates into the year 4772.
There have been many claims that a millennial panic gripped Europe in the years approaching 1000 AD. Historians disagree over the veracity of these claims, with some arguing these stories were first told hundreds of years later, and others arguing the Catholic Church intentionally suppressed writings which could have stirred up a panic over the end of the world