Title

A Mayanist Debunks 2012

Keywords

Maya, Mayan calendar, mathematics, year 2012

Abstract

The ancient Maya are celebrated for their complex understanding of mathematics and are rightly lauded for having invented the concept of zero, which, coincidentally, is the precise number of doomsday prophecies they made about the year 2012. Contrary to popular belief, they did not predict the world would come to a cataclysmic end or that there would be a devastating reversal of the earth's magnetic poles. Nor did they prophesy of a galactic alignment, a harmonic convergence, or even a winter solstice. Their calendar will not come to an end, nor will time itself. These ideas have no basis in indigenous beliefs, ancient or modern. To be clear, there are no ancient texts, no legitimate modern oral traditions, or anything in between that lends credence to any of these claims.

Original Publication Citation

A Mayanist Debunks 2012: Does Hollywood Understand the Mayan Calendar?Nov. 2009. Patheos.com.

Document Type

Other

Publication Date

2009-11-06

Publisher

Patheos

Language

English

College

Religious Education

Department

Ancient Scripture

University Standing at Time of Publication

Assistant Professor

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