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“It’s the End of the World As We Know It….”

How and why has 2012 millenarianism gained such popular appeal?

According to some scholars (and film makers), the ancient Maya not only had a keen insight into the mystical workings of our planet and the cosmos, but they were also able to predict that the world will end in the year 2012…

 

The Mayan Calendar and the Transformation of Consciousness
by Carl Johan Calleman and Josʹe Argüelles

Calleman reveals the Mayan calendar to be a spiritual device that describes the evolution of human consciousness from ancient times into the future, and explains how the end of the Mayan calendar is not the end of the world, but a path toward enlightenment. It functions as a metaphysical map of the evolution of consciousness and records how spiritual time flows.

 

2012
DVD [2010]

A geophysical team, who are investigating the effect radiation from other solar systems has on the Earth, learn that the core of the Earth is heating up and warn the President of the United States. While the leaders of the world race to build ‘arks’ to escape the impending doom, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes of unprecedented strength wreak havoc all over the world.

 

The Order of Days: the Maya World and the Truth about 2012
by David Stuart

David Stuart, the world’s foremost expert on Maya culture looks at 2012 hysteria and explains the truth about what the Maya meant and what we want to believe. He shows how the idea that the “end of the Mayan calendar,” which supposedly heralds the end of our own existence, says far more about our culture than about the ancient Maya.

 

 

2012 and the End of the World: the Western Roots of the Maya Apocalypse
by Matthew Restall and Amara Solari

2012 millenarianism has roots far in time and place from Maya cultural traditions, traced back to those of medieval and Early Modern Western Europe. Revelatory any myth-busting, while remaining firmly grounded in historical fact, this fascinating book will be essential reading as the countdown to December 21, 2012, begins.

 

 

The 2012 Story: The Myths, Fallacies, and Truth Behind the Most Intriguing Date in History
by John Major Jenkins

Drawing from his own groundbreaking research (including his involvement in the modern reconstruction of Mayan 2012 cosmology) and more than two decades of extensive study of Mayan culture, Jenkins has created the crucial guide to understanding the story of 2012—an essential overview of the history, theory, cultures, and personalities that have brought this extraordinary idea into modern awareness.

 

The End of Time: the Maya Mystery of 2012
by Anthony Aveni

In The End of Time, award-winning astronomer and Maya researcher Anthony Aveni explores theories, explains their origins, and measures them objectively against evidence unearthed by Maya archaeologists, iconographers, and epigraphers. He includes the broader context of how other cultures, ancient and modern, thought about the “end of things” and speculates on why cataclysmic events in human history have such a strong appeal within American pop culture.

 

The Book of Destiny: Unlocking the Secrets of the Ancient Maya and the Prophecy of 2012
by Carlos Barrios ; translated from the Spanish by Lisa Carter

At the heart of “The Book of Destiny” is the sacred Mayan calendar, an extraordinary tool that allows the reader to discover this destiny, along with one’s special Mayan symbol, origin, as well as the protection spirits that accompany them through life. Poetically narrated, the book describes how the calendar contains the scientific legacy of the Mayan people, preserved and transmitted over the centuries through oral tradition and written texts.

 

An Introduction to the Study of the Maya Hieroglyphs
by Sylvanus Griswold Morley

If you aren’t satisfied with the expert’s interpretations of the Mayan Calendar glyphs, teach yourself how to read them. This is the “Best introduction to the topic — easily accessible to beginners. Extremely full in interpretation; very thorough in exposition of variants and unusual features.”

 

 

So will the World End in 2012?

Probably not – after all, you do have Library books due on Saturday…

 

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