By Alexandra Bruce
The increased spouse booklet to the number one documentary movie approximately 2012! The 2012 meme has advanced past any debates in regards to the relevance of the Maya lengthy count number calendar to the lives of up to date humans. 2012 is ready us on planet Earth at the present. December 21, 2012: will the realm quite swap perpetually in this date, the tip of a 5,125-year calendar final used over one thousand years in the past? definitely Hollywood would prefer you to imagine so. certainly, a not-so-small has arisen round the date, hawking every thing from t-shirts to teleseminars. Clearing a direction among myth and truth, Alexandra Bruce surveys the complete 2012 panorama, asking questions akin to: Is the Earth wasting its Mojo? How did 2012 come to intend "The finish of Time"? Did psychedelics facilitate the Maya "Cosmovision"? should still we fear approximately Earth Crustal Displacement? What the hell is "Planet X"? Uniquely among an unlimited array of 2012 literature, this publication beneficial properties interviews with the top experts—including Graham Hancock, John significant Jenkins, Daniel Pinchbeck and plenty of others—and insightful, distinctive research of the vast spectrum of opinion, debate, examine and fable in regards to the such a lot compelling "end instances" prediction of the twenty first century.
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Graham Hancock, On-Camera Interview in 2012: Science or Superstition DOES THE MAYA CALENDAR PREDICT APOCALYPSE IN 2012? The Long Count calendar was created within a Mesoamerican cultural context ca. 200 BCE, in which there were very specific beliefs about the existence of cyclical World Ages. By their very definition, the beginnings and endings of human epochs or “World Ages” are accompanied by cataclysm, according to the Popol Vuh. Modern-day speculation that an apocalypse may accompany the end of the current 13-b’ak’tun cycle is largely seen as a New Age urban legend that arose in the mid-1980s, so it may come as a surprise that this idea made its first 20th century appearance in the 1966 book The Maya, written by one of the most respected Mayanist scholars in the world, Michael Coe, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Yale University, among his many other impressive positions and titles: There is a suggestion … that Armageddon would overtake the degenerate peoples of the world and all creation on the final day of the thirteenth [b ’ak ’tun].
Two-sixty is a key number for the Maya because it corresponds to the human gestation period. 19 “There’s this nine-month process of human unfolding that we all share. This is the philosophy behind the Maya calendar. Time unfolds like a flower, and it’s unfolding the inner essence of consciousness out of the Earth matrix, you might say. Another use for the 260-day calendar is that it corresponds to the interval between planting and harvesting of corn in the highlands, so that’s an agricultural metaphor.
During that time, the region was under the Persian Gulf at a depth of approximately 10m (Larsen & Evans 1978: 237). The alleged Umm al Binni impact could be responsible for producing the energy equivalent to thousands of Hiroshima-sized bombs. The impact-induced tsunamis would have devastated coastal Sumerian cities. 6 m sediment layer discovered during an excavation of the Sumerian city of Ur by Leonard Wooley in 1954. Descriptive passages in the Epic of Gilgamesh may describe such an impact and tsunami, suggesting a link to the Sumerian Deluge (Matthews 2001; Britt 2001).