Articles in Mayan Culture
Possibly the best documentary for telling the modern day Mayan perspectives of 2012, Shift of the Ages is available to be viewed for free until Dec 21:
(free registration required…)
The film, shot over the course of seven years and in more than six countries, follows Wandering Wolf from his early days as a shoeshine boy on the streets of Guatemala through his coming of age and acceptance of his spiritual destiny. The Shift of the Ages follows him on an epic quest to recover the Sacred Staff of Authority, an ancient object at the heart of this global awakening and subject of a 500 year old ancestral conflict that ultimately ends in the downfall of Valentin Mejillones, an Aymaran elder in Bolivia who abused the good will of the Mayan people for his own political gain.
Perhaps more than any other ancient civilization, the Mayans loved prophecy. Their culture of prophecy and sacrifices makes the Long Count calendar appear quite dramatic. There are three sides to what the Mayans thought would occur on Dec 21, 2012:
Mayans: We have virtually nothing written by the Mayans regarding 2012. Thousands of Mayan books were known to have existed, yet they were unfortunately burned by the invading Spanish. Only 4 books survived. My speculation is that if we could go back in time and read the thousands of burned books, we would certainly find prophecies about 2012.
The only ancient prophetic mention of Dec 21, 2012 we do have is a single monument at Tortuguero, which says that “The Thirteenth Bak’tun” will be finished (on) Four Ahaw, the Third of K’ank’in. ? will occur. (It will be) the descent(?) of the Nine Support (?) God(s) to the ?.”
The question marks denote …
For more than a thousand years the Bible has pretty much had a monopoly on apocalyptic prophecy. Today Pope Benedict, head of the Catholic church, has denounced the Mayan doomsday, as well at Biblical prophecy:
During his weekly Angelus address from the window of his Vatican apartments on St Peter’s Square, Benedict spoke of extracts from the Bible that speak of ‘‘the sun and moon going out, the stars falling from the sky’’.
…But Benedict said that Jesus ‘‘does not describe the end of the world, and when he uses apocalyptic images, he is not acting the prophet’’.
That’s called having your cake and eating it too. Like many of his disciples, Benedict is telling us that everything in Bible is literal, true and divinely inspired – except for the parts that we should ignore.
Of course I have some thoughts on this!
The only connection between Biblical and ancient Mayan prophecy is that they …
Thanks to the Street View aspect of Google Maps, many ancient sites of Central America are ready to be explored. Instead of looking at still images (or finding a documentary), you can walk around a pyramid and zoom in on any part of it. Give it a go! Visit Chichen Itza at Google Maps. Many more sites (like Uxmal above) are listed over at Google Fan.
This is a win/lose for both the academics and independent researchers. The academics have long said that with only one mention of the end of the Long Count calendar written in Mayan stone – Tortuguero Monument 6 – it can’t have been that important to the Maya. Well now there is a second mention. However it doesn’t discuss anything like a doomsday, so choose your own interpretation.
A single king used the end date for his own political propaganda. So, while it reinforces that the date was well known and regarded as important, the king’s (mis-) appropriation could be outside of the usual context. For all we know, mentioning the date might have been regarded as inappropriate and insensitive.
Here’s a summary of the inscription from Professor David Stuart who has been working on it:
The basic message of this one text is nonetheless clear: it commemorates a key political event in the life of La …
Literally every day a new, generic article appears in a newspaper somewhere explaining that the 2012 phenomenon is nothing to worry about. And because they quote expert academics, people believe they are being told the full story.
Most experts proudly share that there is no evidence that the Mayans thought anything bad would happen in 2012. This is true, most probably due to the thousands of Mayan books that were burned by the Spanish. Yet if you read the Popol Vuh, you can get an idea of what they were probably expecting: for the gods to wipe them out.
The experts tend to conveniently forget the Popol Vuh exists, so I was surprised to read this, within an article titled It’s The End Of The World As We Know It at the Global Post:
Mary Lou Ridinger, an archeologist and board member of the Maya Conservancy, an organization that works to protect …
This is a bit like steam punk – where something is old and futuristic at the same time.
Raul Cruz from Mexico City has envisioned a distant future where Aztec / Mayan stylings are applied to technologies more akin to Japanese Anime. More images are at the excellent io9 and they link to his web site if you like what you see.
For a very long time the Mayan doomsday meme revolved around the extraordinary idea that an ancient culture would have a calendar that ended in the distant future. A future we live in…
In recent months archaeologists and the media have spun the attention towards Tortuguero Monument 6, the only piece of evidence that connects Dec 21 2012 with a story. And the story is conveniently vague and half-erased…
For me, the end date in December rules supreme, and the mystery of its origin drives my survival plans. But for those who want to delve into obscure academic aspects of the date, there can be no safer and finer essay than that of Geoff Stray. Please read The Tortuguero Prophecy Unravelled over at Graham Hancock’s site:
This has led to some important new discoveries as Jenkins has just revealed in his The 2012 Story, which is hot off the press. Grofe discovered that …
It’s not hard to make the link. In the early first century, Mayan civilization was on the decline, and up in the USA earthern mounds were being built – and corn was introduced.
That the structures were not as elaborate suggests that it was only working class Mayans that fled.
Around 200 AD Indians in Florida and Georgia began the construction of enormous earthen pyramids. At the same time corn also arrived in Florida. Corn is a native crop of Mexico and archaeologist William Sears, who first discovered this evidence of corn agriculture in Florida, argued in his book that it must have come from Mexico or Central America.
There’s an interesting article over at Fox News, although I’m not sure “cashing in” is fair – Americans are heading south for 2012, and businesses are accommodating them. Perhaps it is Fox who are cashing in, using words like lure.
In the most prominent countries of the Mundo Maya – Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and parts of Honduras and El Salvador – the tourism industry is gearing up for a record year, with dozens of Maya-themed offerings designed to lure visitors.
Anyway, here’s an overview of the attractions mentioned in the article:
Tapachula, Guatemala – 8-foot digital count-down clock
Mexico’s Riviera Maya are planning reenactments of a popular Mayan ball game
Paul McCartney will perform in the spring at Chichén Ixtá
Mass Mayan marriage ceremony in Belize on 12-12-12
See in the End of the World on the Carnival Triumph cruise ship
Of course no operators are mad enough to actually call it the end of the world, unless …
The Popol Vuh, the Vaticano-Latin Codex and the Aztec Sun Stone are the primary sources for the 2012 Doomsday meme. Yet when I search Google News for references in the last week – a week in which 2012 has been covered by virtually every western newspaper – there is a singular mention of the Popol Vuh in an Indian newspaper, and that is it.
Is there a conspiracy to hide the truth? No, it’s just lazy reporting. Real lazy. Basically reporters have just looked at whatever made the news regarding 2012 in the last month or two and regurgitated it.
Mentioned the most has been NASA debunking anything to do with 2012, and scholars dismissing the Tortuguero monument:
One glyphic text that records the date 220.127.116.11.0, a carved stone plaque from the Mexican site of Tortuguero, was ambiguously read by Maya scholars in 1996 as possibly predicting an ominous event — the “descent” …
A study has found evidence that the Maya city of Palenque may have been destroyed by superheated volcanic gases and covered with ash. Meanwhile an eruption alert has been issued by the Mexican government for Popocatépetl, the volcano that sits next to Mexico City. Imagine if it erupted during the Pope’s visit!
There have been a few video raps about 2012 in recent years, but this one stands out because it features an intellectual heavyweight: Noam Chomsky.
At the demise of the Mayan civilization, did the middle classes and commoners head north and form new cities in what is now the USA?
An article at Examiner.com has caused a lot of chatter online, with people seeming divided on the validity of the concept.
NB: Examiner.com content comes from thousands of writers who are self-motivated independent contributors.
People of One Fire researchers have been aware since 2010 that when the English arrived in the Southeast, there were numerous Native American towns named Itsate in Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina and western North Carolina. They were also aware that both the Itza Mayas of Central America and the Hitchiti Creeks of the Southeast actually called themselves Itsate . . . and pronounced the word the same way. The Itsate Creeks used many Maya and Totonac words. Their architecture was identical to that of Maya commoners. The pottery at Ocmulgee National Monument (c 900 AD) in …
I came across this image on Facebook via Korinna and others… at Wikipedia they are described as “winged warriors“.The wall is found at the ancient Mayan site Ek’ Balam.
A huge version of the image is here.
Winged beings were regularly depicted in the past, and a recent episode of Ancient Aliens was devoted to a possible extraterrestrial connection. Of more interest to me is that these particular beings have elongated skulls, something found in mysterious places like the Nazca Lines and in the remains of Egyptian pharaohs like Tutankhamen. In my opinion, regardless of whether they were genetic or created, such heads belonged to mysterious elders who were behind the construction of many ancient monuments worldwide.
Lawrence E. Joseph, one of the few researchers imploring people to prepare for the worst, and author of the bestselling Apocalypse 2012, has an iPad/iPhone app out called Apocalypse 2012: The Survival Guide. I haven’t seen it, but it is described as featuring video interviews with the author and “page-turner text”. The price is $11.99. Official press release at vook.com
The ancient Maya city of Holtun, or Head of Stone is one step closer to being excavated:
Using GPS and electronic distance-measurement technology last year, the researchers plotted the locations and elevations of a seven-story-tall pyramid, an astronomical observatory, a ritual ball court, several stone residences, and other structures.
At present the entire city lies beneath jungle and dirt. Archaeologists didn’t know of this buried city until the early 1990s, when they learned of looters stealing giant stucco masks measuring up to ten feet tall. Hopefully, once excavated, they’ll …