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Mayan Apocalypse Nears: Doomsday Prediction An Archaeological Mistranslation?

Mayan Apocalypse Nears: Doomsday Prediction An Archaeological Mistranslation?

As the so-called Mayan apocalypse nears scientists of various stripes have gone on record to denounce any end of the world plans like hiding on a mountain or in Brazil. NASA has released a video showing that they do not expect any world-ending natural disasters any time soon. But what if the failed Doomsday prediction that has Americans panicking was all caused by a mistranslation of the Mayan text?

On December 21, 2012 the ancient Mayan Lond Calendar rolls over to a new 394-year century, baktun. Archaeologists like Lisa Lucero of University of Illinois are probably tired of explaining why the world won’t end. She told the Clarion Ledger that Americans should not take any drastic actions:

“I would suggest to people that they not sell their house, quit their job, leave their spouse, nor say something nasty to someone they think they will never see again.”

According to the Clarion Ledger, the Mayan Apocalypse was “born from a misinterpretation of an inscription found at a now-pulverized Maya site in Mexico’s Tabasco region.” The inscriptions were part of a 7th century AD dedication of a shrine built in now-destroyed Tortuguero. These stone inscriptions are now housed at the Carlos Pellicer Cámara Regional Anthropology Museum in the Mexican city of Villahermosa.

This is what these inscriptions describe according to the Clarion Ledger:

The inscription mentions the appearance of a Maya deity, Bolon Yokte’ K’uh, on the date in the Mayan long count calendar. That corresponds to Dec. 21 (or Dec. 23 in an analysis presented at the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Museum this year), a turning over of the ancient calendar that occurs roughly every 5,125 years.

The Mayans were ruled by supposed god-kings that liked to attach their dynasties to important calendar dates and ancestors. Mayan beliefs centered around the repetition of endless cycles corresponding to trillions of years of time. This means the Mayan inscription intended to convey a new era of constant renewal, not the end of days.

According to DeathAndTaxes this new period also refers to the end of a 13th cycle of 400 years. The number 13 is unlucky in American culture but to the Mayans 13 was actually considered sacred. So if anything the Mayans were likely expecting something good to happen on 12-21-2012.

Another reason we know that the Mayan Apocalypse is not near is the discovery of a Mayan scribe’s hut painted with calendar markings that tracked celestial movements well into the year 3,500 AD. This evidence shows the Mayans expected the world to continue beyond 12-21-12 in further celestial cycles.

The Mayans were not able to predict the end of their own civilization so how would you expect them to correctly predict the Mayan Apocalypse is near?

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20 Responses to “Mayan Apocalypse Nears: Doomsday Prediction An Archaeological Mistranslation?”

  1. Lonnie Slone

    you know this stupid mayan stuff is what sets a lot of the conn.crazies off? why not come out and say it the way it is.the bible clearly says no man knows what hour or day the end will come.

  2. Anonymous

    You are so right! Just like Bush!! I guess you forgot that President started two wars, one falsely based on Saddam Hussein's "supposed" weapons of mass destruction, but it seems as if everyone, including YOU forgot about that, huh? No one, include Obama can fix the colossal mess that greed breeds in the country and the rest of the Western world, but yet still everyone makes Obama the scapegoat. I'm not saying he should not be held accountable for some of his decisions and policies, but c'mon — "easily fooled?! What is your plan to fix the economy? Or Boehner's?… When someone (anyone) comes up with a REAL solution to the economic crisis faced by millions of Americans (present and future) then talk about "being fooled!" The economy started going downhill BEFORE Obama took office — REMEMBER THAT!! Merrill Lynch and Bear Stearns and many others folded before OBAMA — !!

  3. Keith Daggett

    What the hell does the Mayan apocalypse have to do with American politics? You people need some serious help. You are addicted to criticism of things beyond your control. 5-year-olds have the same issue.

  4. Dorothy Sprague

    I put that out there just to get options of people. The Bible says not even the angels in heaven knows when the end will be so why do we worry a bout the Mayans I think the clock has fell Apart anyway I hope

  5. Gary Middleton

    Winston Zeddemore: Hey Ray. Do you believe in God?
    Dr Ray Stantz: Never met him.
    Winston Zeddemore: Yeah, well, I do. And I love Jesus's style, you know.
    Dr Ray Stantz: The entire roof cap is made out of a magnesium-tungsten alloy…
    Winston Zeddemore: What are you so involved with over there?
    Dr Ray Stantz: These are the blueprints for structural ironwork of Dana Barret's apartment building, and they are very, very strange.
    Winston Zeddemore: Hey Ray. Do you remember something in the bible about the last days when the dead would rise from the grave?
    Dr Ray Stantz: I remember Revelations 7:12..And I looked, and he opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake. And the sun became as black as sack cloth, and the moon became as blood."
    Winston Zeddemore: "And the seas boiled and the skies fell."
    Dr Ray Stantz: Judgement day.
    Winston Zeddemore: Judgement day.
    Dr Ray Stantz: Every ancient religion has its own myth about the end of the world.
    Winston Zeddemore: Myth? Ray, has it ever occurred to you that maybe the reason we've been so busy lately is 'cause the dead HAVE been rising from the grave?
    Dr Ray Stantz: [Pause ] How 'bout a little music?
    Winston Zeddemore: Yeah.

  6. David Burcar

    Ooops…I just bought a Ferrari and figured I'd get to drive it around a few weeks before the payments started. Now Lorie is going to call me one of those Obama free-loaders. Sheesh!

  7. Alan Spence

    Mayan Maybe, the calender ends due to they fell apart, there was no one there to update the calender, They used up all the woods, no food and ruined there only water, and this is why it ends on the 21st, they left on the 20th..hello..

  8. Mary Margaret Adams

    That is what I think happened. They became extinct before they could make a new calendar.

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