Firstly, lets forget about the hyped-up hollywood doomsday interpritation and pretend the Myan elders are the leading authority on their own
“Our knowledge of ancient Maya thought must represent only a tiny fraction of the whole picture, for of the thousands of books in which the full
extent of their learning and ritual was recorded, only four have survived to modern times (as though all that posterity knew of ourselves were to be
based upon three prayer books and Pilgrim's Progress).”
—Michael D. Coe
… Due to “civilised man”, we know very little about the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, most of what we know comes from only three codex.
Contemporary or later cultures such as the Mixtec, Aztec and Maya adopted their calender from an earlier civilization, possibly from the Zapotec and
Olmec, or it could per-date those cultures too. From what elders have said, we are in a time of transition and change. A time of great celebration. We
have made it to the next age!
So, is their any evidence that this present time has any literal significance? I believe there is.
Consider the last time the long count drew to an end, approximately 3114 BCE... In Mesopotamia (specifically, ancient Sumer) around 3200 BCE the first
known written language can be found. Go back another 5250 years, brings us to ~ 8500 BCE, which is about the time of the agricultural revolution and
the end of nomadic tribal life. Another long count takes us to about the time animals started to be domesticated, most notably, dogs, to help with
the hunt. Notice all of these things would have had a massive impact as they swept across the world. And they all seem to have brought us closer
together, for better or worse.
Now, keep in mind that we are talking about astrological events. Solar objects millions of meters in size and millions of light years away, so to say
this is all going to happen suddenly is a bit preposterous in my opinion, and doesn't fit with traditional accounts. If we are talking about a time
period of ~5250 years, I think it would be fair to say it takes, ~250 years to go from one age to the next. Lets assume we are half way through, is
there any evidence the last 100 years has been an age of transition? Of course there is. We are entering the age of information. Remember this date
was likely selected thousands of years ago (it would have taken at least hundreds of years just to make the necessary astrological observations), even
with a couple hundred years buffer, that is a remarkable prediction. I challenge anyone to recount a century, where the human paradigm changed as
rapidly as it did in the 20th century....
1917- Ernest Rutherford is the first person to "split the atom" in a nuclear reaction between nitrogen and alpha particles, in which he also
discovered (and named) the proton.
1929- The first operational circular accelerators is created, which helps discover quantum physics.
1929- The first time a person flies around the world, in the Graf Zeppelin.
1958- Kilby recorded the initial ideas concerning an integrated circuit, successfully demonstrating the first working integrated example, paving the
way for modern computers.
1962- A polio vaccine is licensed, as a result, it is the first time a disease is largely eradicated by humans. Reducing worldwide incidence from an
estimated 350,000 cases in 1988 to 1,652 cases in 2007.
1963- Introduction of the Touch-Tone system using the telephone keypad replaces the rotary dial, for the first time large amounts of people can
communicate across the globe.
1969- First person to walk on the Moon.
1971- First man-made object to reach the surface of Mars.
1989- First network-based implementation of the hypertext concept, which would later become the world wide web.
2000- Sequencing of nearly an entire human genome is accomplished.
It makes me laugh when people ask if anything will happen on 21-12-2012.
The thing I really want to know is...
How is the Mayan Prophecy so Accurate? What do You Think?
Keep in mind we are only halfway through this transitional period!
Further reading on Wiki...
Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar
Please S&F or comment...
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