Maya Doomsday

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Maggie Van Ostrand

A Balloon in Cactus
A temple crowns El Castillo pyramid at the great Post-Classic Maya city of Chichen Itze. This image is known the world over. © Elisa Velazquez 2008.
A temple crowns El Castillo pyramid at the great Post-Classic Maya city of Chichen Itze. This image is known the world over. © Elisa Velazquez 2008.

I’m sick and tired of hearing disagreements between the U.S.A. and Mexico. First, there’s the emigration thing with fences and coyotes and blustering politicians; second is the drug thing where the U.S. blames Mexico for their own addictive population; and now the U.S. is blaming the Maya for a prophesied 2012 doomsday scenario.

Let’s take them in the above order: the truth is that, with the U.S. in steep recession, their citizens are swimming across the Rio Grande to enter Mexico, not the reverse. The drug thing is bad, true, but without demand, there’d be no supply.

As to the most important third item, the Mayan calendar predicts an apocalyptic ending to earth in 2012. Much as we may hope they were having a bad day when they came up with that doozy, fact is that, when it comes to cosmic matters, Maya were right way more often than not, as evidenced by a few of their predictions:

  1. Solar Eclipse occurred exactly on Maya schedule in 1999.
  2. A colossal black hole at the center of our galaxy, of which MIT scientists were unable to gather direct evidence until September 5, 2001. Science calls it a galactic puppeteer.
  3. An eruption of cosmic energy rays from the black hole would occur in 1992, helping to create sun spots and bring increasingly hotter temperatures to Earth. Global warming anyone?
  4. Change of consciousness from left-brain thinking (logical) to right-brain (intuitive). If you doubt this, read Sarah Palin’s ghostwritten autobiography.
  5. Between November 2007 and October 2008, humanity will lose confidence in paper currency and turn back to gold. Check out Wall Street, dear reader, for confirmation

The Maya only misread one of their predictions, at least I think it was only one, when they enthusiastically greeted Kukulcan, a white-bearded god from the east and survivor of mythical Atlantis. Kukulcan was really one of the Spanish conquistadors who nearly wiped them out. Whether God or conqueror, that unfortunate arrival did coincide perfectly with the Maya calendar.

Wouldn’t you think the U.S. would agree with Mexico about the Maya Doomsday predictions? Here’s why: The Mayan year of 360 days is called Tun (toon), 20 Tuns equals one K’atun (k’atoon), and 20 K’atuns equals one Baktun (back-toon).

And the U.S. attitude toward Mayan predictions? Loonytune.

Published or Updated on: January 15, 2010 by Maggie Van Ostrand © 2010
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