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Last year, Chris Laursen worked with television producer Sarah Kapoor (who made the three-part CBC Television series Past Life Investigation in 2004) on a radio pilot called Welcome to the Unknown. They are providing Paranormal Blog with a documentary and interview they did about the idea that 2012 will mark a drastic change on our planet, allegedly due to an ancient Mayan calendar coming to its end.
The Mayan long count calendar and 2012
by Chris Laursen and Sarah Kapoor
December 21st, 2012 is just over five years away. Are you ready? Are you prepared for the end of the world as we know it? That might depend on if you believe in the prophecies that supposedly come with the end of the 5,200-year-old Mayan long count calendar. A new long count calendar begins the next day, but the time period before and after the day of turnover is said to come with powerful force. A force that could change the world as we know it.
The Mayan view of time is cyclical. Time ends and begins anew inside of several concurrent calendars all the same time. These endings and new beginnings are often described as periods of earth shattering events. For example, Guatemalan Mayan elder Chan K’in Viejo prophecized in 1978: “Our Lord Hachakyum will make everything die because of the cold. The grass wishes to die. The seed, the animals all wish to die. And the True People also – we all die. In thirty years Hachakyum will destroy the world.”
Words of this nature evoke powerful images, especially in our age when global warming and rapid environmental change dominates headlines. There is a growing movement of people, not unlike those who felt the new millennium would be “the end of the world as we know it,” who believe that the pre-Columbian Maya accurately prophesized massive change in 2012, change that comes with global destruction and the birth of a new era in humanity. You will find their books at mainstream bookstores and documentaries about 2012 on television.
Detail showing three columns of glyphs from the second century La Mojarra Stela 1 from an article on the Mayan calendar at Blessings Cornucopia
Marina Pinto, who holds a doctorate in Latin American and Spanish history and archaeology from Tulane University in New Orleans, told us, “I took a course on Mayan codices and we knew about 2012 simply because we had to study the Mayan calendar and the end of the long- count happens to occur on that date. And that is it. That is all we really heard about in connection to 2012. There was no meaning attached to that other than the calendar would presumably begin again.”
For most who study Mayan culture, the date means nothing more than that. Indeed, this date marks the end of the Mayan long count calendar – a two hundred year calendar. It could just be the turning over of the calendar, but speculation has risen that includes that this marks the end to civilization as we know it, with some saying a consciousness shift will bring a new era of peace. In the below audio documentary, we talk to scientists and survivalists and who speculate on what’s possible. We also interviewed Robert Sitler from Stetson University in Florida. He’s a professor who had an article published last year on the 2012 phenomenon in Novo Religio, the journal of new and alternative religious movements.
As Professor Sitler tells us, the 2012 prophecy movement is largely made up of people who are not even Mayan. Followers from all corners of the globe are gravitating to the end date as it seems to explain everything from climate change to war.
Prophecy or coincidence? You decide.
In the documentary piece, you will hear from Patrick Geryl, a Belgian man who runs a website dedicated to the 2012 prophecy. He tells us why he believes there will be a massive shift on our planet (specifically, a magnetic pole reversal) that coincides with the end of the Mayan long count calendar in 2012.
We also talk to academics such as Allen Christenson, a Mayanist anthropologist from Brigham University, Provo Utah; and Anthony Aveni, an astronomer and anthropologist from Colgate University in upstate New York. We also speak to Randy Enkin of the Geological Survey of Canada who gives a scientific point of view on magnetic pole reversals and other dramatic geological and environmental changes on the planet.
The documentary and interview with Professor Sitler run about 24 minutes. Just press play below to hear it!
Ponder this, gentle readers…
History is filled with prophecies about the end of days. Do you feel any past prophecies succeeded in heralding a major shift in humanity?
Patrick Geryl’s website, How To Survive 2012
Robert Sitler’s website includes contemporary Mayan perspectives on 2012.
Dr. Anthony Aveni’s books Empires of Time: Calendars, Clocks and Cultures and Behind The Crystal Ball: Magic, Science, and the Occult from Antiquity Through the New Age (both published by University of Colorado Press).
The only one I can think of right now is Nostradamus predicting 9/11 which turned out to be a hoax.
If people went all nuts with Y2K, I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like in five years.
The only one that springs to my mind is the Aztecs’ prophecy of the return of their goad Quetzelcoatl, which happened to coincide with the arrival of Cortez. It’s not clear to me just how much that story has been embroidered over the years, but its a significant enough “hit” for Mesoamerican prophecy to make me take the whole Mayan 2012 thing more seriously than I otherwise might.
Thanks for your comments! :-)
Personally, I think I’ve seen enough false prophecies to see how people are shaping the end of the Mayan long calendar to their own hopes and fears.
Speaking of 9/11… if anything has a chilling sense of prophecy, I would say it would be the Laurie Anderson song “O Superman” (from the early 1980s) which seems all the more relevant in today’s world. “Here come the planes… they’re American planes…” Listen to it. Ultimately, I don’t think Anderson was psychic as much as she is ultra-aware of the state of our world.
So how will WE write it? How shall it read when we look back on December 21, 2012? We certainly have the elements in place to destroy ourselves. The planet has experienced cataclysmic events in its history - polar shifts, ice ages, etc. No one really knows. What the Mayan’s meant with their End-Count calendar will always be up for speculation. It fires the imagination, for sure. SOooo let’s write it like we want it. That is what Chris Fenwick did in the #1 Visionary Novel: “the 100th human.” You choose…
I really like the comment a person left for me on another message board (ScariMari33 of iamhaunted.com):
“In 1998 all of the major planets were supposed to align, and a “major shift” was supposed to take place. Nothing. On January 1, 2000 all computers were supposed to self-destruct and the planet, which is computer-run, fall into mass chaos. Nothing.
“However, on 9/11/01 people in NYC all went to work that morning like it was any other morning, and all hell broke loose.
“Nobody can predict the future, as each moment an event or series of events can take place to permanently alter the path that was taken just a few seconds before. And unpredictably always gives us hope.”
How are you so sure that there was no
“major shift” in 1998? What is your
standard for measuring a major shift?
Was it a major shift of consciousness?
A literal physical shift, a galactic
energy shift, what?
There is much more out there that is
unknown than known- the only way to
learn is to keep an open mind.
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