Skeptic Avoids Long Count Calendar
You can really sense the fear when experts and authority figures use spin rather than logic to discredit something.
Today’s press release from the University of Kansas, regarding the work of anthropologist and Maya scholar John Hoopes, is all about debunking 11/11/11 and 2012.
The next big date to consider is 11/11/11, when many in the New Age movement plan celebrations to receive emerging energies in preparation for a transformation of consciousness on Dec. 21, 2012.
Whether these dates mark a time for transformation of consciousness or a catastrophic end, they are part of a 2012 eschatological myth that originated with Christopher Columbus and Franciscan missionaries, not the ancient Maya calendar, Hoopes emphasizes.
I presume Hoopes is suggesting that in the 1500s the concept of a religious doomsday was popular, and he believes that is the main source for such beliefs today.
While plenty of New Agers have co-opted 2012 into their own ideas regarding aliens / light workers / dimensions / vibrations and of course the teaching of elders in far off lands… all these things would have been popular today with or without 2012.
Not the ancient Maya calendar, says Hoopes. Well, without the end date of the Long Count calendar, we wouldn’t have a doomsday date. And Dec 21 2012 was only determined in modern times.
To validate his convictions, Columbus wrote his own Book of Prophecies that included an account of his interview with a “Maia” leader in 1502. The reference inspired early speculation by explorers and missionaries, indirectly influencing crackpots as well as scholars to link ancient Maya — before any contact with Europeans — with the astrological and religious beliefs popular in Europe in the 1500s.
That’s just part and parcel of the co-opting that occurs in all sorts of circles. The most famous works of mysticism and paganism have all stolen from ancient and foreign cultures, just as New Agers today love to align themselves with Atlantis, druids and ancient Egypt.
Lawrence E Joseph, Patrick Geryl and myself have come to our own understandings about our fate in 2012. We have each looked into ancient history and modern science, and I think it is safe to say that ponderings of Columbus weren’t of any influence. Other doom ‘n’ gloom 2012ers who focus on things like LHC, earth changes and Nibiru, likewise do not cite Columbus, or any misinterpretations of Mayan culture in the 1500s.
Some New Agers may have been influenced as Hoopes charges, but they aren’t expecting Armageddon. They have chosen to counter Armageddon with concepts transformation and happiness. If you really want to debunk 2012, you need to provide an alternate explanation for the Mayans using Dec 21 2012 as their end date, and you need to negate the very real possibilities of the Sun, or a comet, harming us.