By Alexandra Bruce
The increased better half publication to the number 1 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 latest people. 2012 is set us on planet Earth at present. December 21, 2012: will the realm relatively switch eternally in this date, the top of a 5,125-year calendar final used over 1000 years in the past? definitely Hollywood would prefer you to imagine so. certainly, a not-so-small has arisen round the date, hawking every little thing from t-shirts to teleseminars. Clearing a course among myth and truth, Alexandra Bruce surveys the total 2012 panorama, asking questions resembling: 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 enormous array of 2012 literature, this ebook gains interviews with the top experts—including Graham Hancock, John significant Jenkins, Daniel Pinchbeck and lots of others—and insightful, distinct research of the extensive spectrum of opinion, debate, examine and fable in regards to the such a lot compelling "end occasions" prediction of the twenty first century.
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34 Schoch gave the date for its original construction at 7000–5000 BCE, which is significantly older than the 4,500-year age generally espoused by Egyptologists. Using computer simulations of the ancient skies, Hancock and Bauval built on the latter’s earlier work in his bestselling book The Orion Mystery. The “Orion Correlation theory,” as it became known, proposes that the pyramids were built to represent the arrangement of the three stars of Orion’s Belt during the vernal equinox in the skies of the era around 10,500 BCE.
We see this most clearly in the 260-day calendar, the T’zolk’in, which is the core building block of all the Maya calendar systems. It consists of 13 numbers combined with 20 day-signs. 13 times 20 equals 260. 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.
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].