Who were the Mayans?
The Mayan civilization dates
back to 2000 B.C., and extended through what is now southern Mexico,
Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, and parts of Honduras. During the
civilization's peak, from A.D. 300 to 900, the Mayans not only built
towering temples and pyramids but also created elaborate astronomical
maps and calendars and sophisticated mathematical systems. The
civilization went into decline after 900, and its once-teeming cities
were soon abandoned. Historians dispute why this happened; some say the
Mayans were decimated by a 200-year drought, while others say they
brought on their own downfall through over-farming. About 10 million
descendants of the Mayans still live in Central America.
Did the Mayans predict the end of the world?
belief is very much in dispute. The Mayan "long count" calendar
progresses using a cycle of approximately 394 years known as a baktun; the
calendar ends after the 13th baktun, which closes on Dec. 21 of this
year. A stone tablet recovered in Mexico in the 1960s made an oblique
reference to a god of war descending from the sky at the end of the 13th
baktun. That artifact has fed widespread theories that the world will
end that day, and archaeologists last November identified an ancient
brick fragment inscribed with what could be another reference to the
same portentous date. But anthropologists unanimously agree that the
Mayans saw time as cyclical, not linear; Dec. 21, 2012, simply
represents the end of one cycle and the start of a new one. "There is no
concept of apocalypse in the Mayan culture," said Jesús Gomez, head of
the Guatemalan confederation of Mayan priests.
1 Comments in Response to A Complete Breakdown Of The 2012 Mayan Apocalypse
The only reason that people are intrigued with the idea of a coming destruction is because, it attempts to pinpoint a more or less exact time. Everybody dies. Once you die, you no longer have anything to do with this life. Nobody likes surprises. Pinpointing a time takes the surprise out of it. But, the point is this: you are just as destroyed if you die from old age, or a heart attack, or a car accident, or you name it, as you would be from a Mayan prediction that happened to come true for you.