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October, 08 2010
The Maya prophecy predicting the 2012 end of the world may be off by 50 to 100 years or more, according to a new book.
Gerardo Aldana, associate professor at the Univ. of California at Santa Barbara, challenges the accepted Gregorian dates of all Classic Mayan historical events, including the end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it 2012 prophecies in Calendars and Years II: Astronomy and Time in the Ancient and Medieval World, the second in a series edited by John Steele, associate professor of Egyptology and Ancient West Asian Studies at Brown Univ..
"One of the principal complications is that there are really so few scholars who know the astronomy, the epigraphy, and the archeology," says Aldana. "Because there are so few people who are working on that, you get people who don't see the full scope of the problem. And because they don't see the full scope, they buy things they otherwise wouldn't. It's a fun problem."
Archaeologist Debunks Alleged Maya Prediction of Apocalypse
Latin American Herald Tribune
June, 18 2010
Contrary to the apocalyptic prophecies for 2012 attributed to the Maya civilization, a Mexican archaeologist says that the Mayas were predicting a "strictly cyclical phenomenon," not a planetary catastrophe.
I personally call this the phenomenon of "Facebook meets ATS" - this is all the excitement of 'sharing' and 'cool' talk.
Originally posted by Tarrok
Well I'm no expert but from what I had seen in videos and read about, it was merely a cyclical shift into a new era, like quoted in the OP. Sort of like how the Age of Pisces is coming to a close if it hasn't already.
In any case, all this doom-saying is all hollywood hype because it sells. People would rather read "THE END OF THE WORLD IS NIGH" than "A new age is said to begin".
I don't have enough experience to believe or disbelieve what posters in this thread call 'hocus pocus'. I do believe there's a lot out there on this very planet that we do not understand and as such I do not want to jump to conclusions.
All this talk has ever done is make me curious to find out more and to do my own research. A lot of people are saying 2012 will be special for various reasons. To say they are all true is idiocy, as there's such an enchanting mystique around that date after years of hype. Nevertheless, I am looking forward to the coming time.
A lot will change, one look at politics, political movements and science developments will tell you the potential these next few years will bring. Don't submit to tunnel vision like the media has been training us. There's a lot more out there.edit on 9-10-2010 by Tarrok because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by rajaten
reply to post by tomdham
The galactic alignment actually occurs on the 21st december 2012. This is a FACT.
You cant debunk REALITY.
.edit on 9-10-2010 by rajaten because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by ariel bender
There are no Mayan beliefs of the earth ending in 2012...it is created out of thin air by people selling themselves, and their products. This is a manufactured belief generating a cottage industry.