Maya 2012 apocalypse conspiracy blown wide open

Did you know that the whole thing about the Mayan calendar predicting the end of the world in 2012 was based on one broken and eroded tablet of glyphs? The idea is that in the Mayan Long Count calendar, our current era (the 13-Bak’tun cycle) ends on the 21st of December 2012 and that this end date isn’t just the end of a historical era and the beginning of a new one, but rather the end of all eras. The sole reference to the 2012 apocalypse, however, is a highly nebulous line on a 1300-year-old stone tablet found in Monument 6 in the Tortuguero archaeological site in the southern state of Tabasco.

Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History and Mayan experts in general have not been big fans of the Mayan apocalypse theory because they say it projects a Western obsession with eschatology onto Mayan culture. Nor have they found the various translations of that one line of hard to read glyphs particularly persuasive.

Or that’s what they said in public anyway. The Mexican government has been holding out on us, for the Tortuguero tablet is not the sole reference to 2012. There is a second one engraved on the face of one of the bricks in the nearby Comalcalco temple. (You can catch a glimpse of a Comalcalco brick in this news roundup of the story, but I’m not certain if it’s the One True Brick or just a representative.)

Arturo Mendez, a spokesman for the institute, said the fragment of inscription had been discovered years ago and has been subject to thorough study. It is not on display and is being kept in storage at the institute.

WHAT ARE THEY TRYING TO HIDE? Oh sure, a handful of scholars knew about this brick, but they’re obviously in on it.

[University of Texas at Austin Mayan epigraphy expert David] Stuart said the date inscribed on the brick “‘is a ‘Calendar Round,’ a combination of a day and month position that will repeat every 52 years.”

The brick date does coincide with the end of the 13th Baktun; Baktuns were roughly 394-year periods, and 13 was a significant, sacred number for the Mayas. The Mayan Long Count calendar begins in 3114 B.C., and the 13th Baktun ends around Dec. 21, 2012.
But the date on the brick could also correspond to similar dates in the past, Stuart said.

“There’s no reason it couldn’t be also a date in ancient times, describing some important historical event in the Classic period. In fact, the third glyph on the brick seems to read as the verb huli, ‘he/she/it arrives,’” Stuart wrote. “There’s no future tense marking (unlike the Tortuguero phrase), which in my mind points more to the Comalcalco date being more historical than prophetic.”

A likely story, Mr. “Stuart”, if that’s your real name.

In order to continue to pull the wool over out eyes until it’s too late, the National Institute of Anthropology and History will hold a round table of 60 Mayan experts next week at the Palenque archaeological site where they will “explain” the Mayan Long Count calendar’s vision of historical cycles. Doubtless those 60 experts will be paid with third class berths on the top secret giant arks being built in underground shipyards to save the privileged few from the extinction of our species.

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Comment by edahstip
2011-11-28 06:28:16

I’ve never understood the particular significance of this end of the world scenario. It’s not as if no one else has been predicting dates and being wrong. In this case it isn’t even proven that it is a prediction of anything.

Comment by livius drusus
2011-11-28 13:37:39

STOP CONSPIRING WITH THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT TO HIDE THE TRUTH

 
 
Comment by Mr. Murphy in VA
2011-11-28 07:54:45

And will “Mr. Stuart” be digging out the heart of one of the squealing attendees–just to make sure the appropriate gods are appeased? Perhapse Mel Gibson could be invited to perform that service.

Comment by livius drusus
2011-11-28 13:34:35

He really should. If there’s one thing he and his god love more than the scourging of the flesh, it’s the full-on rib-spreader sacrifice.

 
 
Comment by Wicked Yankee
2011-11-28 10:04:58

Its funny how many times the world was supposed to have ended in just my lifetime. The end of the Mayan cycle is really stuck in pop culture now, so I’m sure it will be huge next year. No amount of contrary evidence will now stop the media blitz to come. It will be interesting to watch it unfold. I don’t have a problem with it as long as there are no zombies involved.

Comment by livius drusus
2011-11-28 13:32:45

Because some of your best friends are zombies or because you fear they will target you for your deliciously piquant brains?

 
 
Comment by Ani
2011-11-28 12:09:51

is that? :no: in egyptian papyrus also many future determined things were written. men can’t be god. he can’t fix the earth’s life.

 
Comment by Edward Goldberg
2011-11-28 14:03:22

Hey, Liv! If you are in Florence on 24 December 2012, I will be delighted to take you to dinner at the trattoria of your choice. However, a bit of advance notice would be helpful–since I doubt that “end of the world predictions” will impact Christmas Eve reservations in Italy where “impending whatever” is standard operating procedure.

Comment by livius drusus
2011-11-28 22:41:56

You’ve got a deal. Fair warning, though: I’m going to hold you to it even if the apocalypse does start on the 23rd and just takes a couple of days to get to Florence.

 
 
Comment by Johan Normark
2011-11-28 15:56:41

It is not even the correct Calendar Round date on the Comalcalco brick (it does not coincide with the 13 Baktun date in the Long Count): http://haecceities.wordpress.com/2011/11/26/2012-the-comalcalco-bricks/

 
Comment by bortradamus
2011-11-28 20:09:33

Say goodbye to the human race
our planet leaves its state of grace

Gaia will apply her can of mace
May the Great Pibble mawl your face.

- bortradamus 1:1

Comment by livius drusus
2011-11-28 22:38:32

You give good quatrain, prophet.

 
 
Comment by Edward Goldberg
2011-11-29 11:33:26

So,I have pencilled in “LD” for the entire first post-apocalyptic week, perché non si sa mai. And in the trattorie I frequent, a few stray Horsemen waving scythes and things wouldn’t even be noticed.

Comment by livius drusus
2011-11-30 01:16:45

That reminds me of the time my mom ordered Rigatoni all Paiata at a trattoria in Testaccio. Not even Conquest, War, Famine and Death could withstand that stench.

 
 
Comment by David Carthage
2011-11-29 21:12:03

You’re ignoring the other great end-of-the-world conspiracy. Sir Isaac Newton calculated that the world would end in 2060–and multiple dark forces have been trying to hide that fact ever since, including the Priory of Zion, the Republicans, the Democrats, the Mormons, the Post Office, cat fanciers, Walmart, and Lindsay Lohan. (The whole Mayan thing probably results from the conspirators’ intentional miscalculation of the date, to discredit the whole end-of-the-world idea.)

Comment by livius drusus
2011-11-30 01:08:35

This is clearly misdirection to draw my attention to the spurious Newtonpocalypse and away from our impending Mayan doom. I’m not falling for it.

 
 
Comment by LadyShea
2011-11-30 10:47:04

the top secret giant arks being built in underground shipyards to save the privileged few from the extinction of our species.

Please tell me that is not a nod to Clive Cussler

Comment by livius drusus
2011-11-30 13:24:31

Not a conscious one. It’s a nod to that 2012 disaster movie that came out last year.

 
 
Comment by Anonymous
2012-05-01 20:27:23

:thanks: mai ci tou fini a quoi on a servi

 
Comment by Blake
2012-05-02 06:42:47

bonne question, n’importe l’annee … 1912, 2012 ou 2112.

 
Comment by D
2013-01-20 00:19:06

it wasnt actually supposed to be the end of the world apparently it was the return of the nine gods

Comment by livius drusus
2013-01-20 00:21:19

It wasn’t that either. It was the end of a long calendar cycle, just as night is the end of the day. Dawn begins it all anew.

 
 
Comment by M
2013-03-05 15:35:53

The mayans never predicted the end of the world. in fact it didnt have anything about the end of the world. it was actually a prophecy of the 9 gods or creators returning to earth.

 
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