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A plunge into societal doom resulting in mass chaos, nuclear war, natural disasters, a change in Earth’s magnetic pulls, encounters with the third kind, a crash between Earth and the planet Nibiru, the end of existence and reality as we know it; all theories of the upcoming date, December 21, 2012. As this day inches closer and closer into reality, people across the globe debate what is in store for humankind. All theories stem from the Mayan prediction of an end of an era in 2012, though nobody seems to agree on what awaits us in the future or if there will even be one.
An impeccable ability to predict eclipses and equinoxes, the Mayas created one of the most accurate calendars known to date. No wonder their prophecy of 2012 has caused such a widespread panic. Their advanced knowledge of mathematics, celestial bodies and architecture is reflected in the archeological ruins they left behind. The pyramid of Kukulcan at Chichen Itza, located in the Yucatan Peninsula, is the perfect example. The pyramid is broken up into eighteen segments, one for each month in the Mayan calendar and, as a whole, consists of 365 steps; 365 steps and 365 days in the year and this is no coincidence. Each spring and autumn equinox, visitors make the journey to this particular pyramid to watch the sun cast an animated shadow of the Mayan God, Kukulcan onto the pyramid steps. Kukulcan comes in the form of a feathered serpent that slithers his way down the pyramid step by step only to mysteriously vanish into the underground.
Everyone has a conviction. Some are preparing for the end, others for natural disasters and some appear to be undisturbed. Interestingly enough, the ones that appear to be the most vocal and the most concerned are those of European descent with varying faiths and nationalities. Not the direct descendants of the ancient Mayas. Modern-day Mayas living in the Yucatan and Guatemala are peaceful as ever. The words and predictions of their predecessors are causing no panic among them. It is the writers, the directors and the theorists that are striking fear into the general public’s heart. Charles Berlitz caused panic with his book, Doomsday 1999. According to Berlitz, floods and famine would occur with the ending of the century but 1999 passed peacefully. Now, with the movie 2012, and the amazing accuracy of the Mayan calendar, doomsday dread is once again among us.
Time is as equally reliable as death and taxes. Pick a cliché, ¨time tells ¨ or ¨time will tell¨ and wait it out. Regardless of what someone thinks, in the end, someone else is going to be wrong. Only two years to go and the countdown has begun. Will it be the end of the world as we know it or will the end result be a misinterpretation of indigenous wisdom? If you ask me, I say while in the land of the Mayas, do as the Mayas do and don’t panic.
About the Author
Kristin McCollum is a travel writer that has spent the past year traveling and working throughout Europe and Mexico. Now settled on the Yucatan Peninsula, she finds inspiration in every person she meets and in the natural beauty which surrounds her