THE END OF THE WORLD?
|The Mayan Prophecy: Doomsday or Precession?|
Mayan Calendar: Some say the calendar ends on
December 22, 2012. Most seem to agree though
that the calendar ends on Dec. 21, 2012
The Maya had a complex and detailed dedication of rituals to their gods and underlying belief systems. The kings and nobles would suffer painful rituals and sacrifice their own comforts to please their gods. Two of the gods sacrificed their own lives by jumping in to a pyramid of fire and were re-born as the more powerful sun and moon gods. The moon god was pleased when a heart was cut out and the blood and heart was sacrificed in representation of his own selfless acts of sacrifice to be a more powerful god for his people. This belief was passed on to many generations- even to other civilizations such as the Aztecs. As leaders of the Mayan empire, the nobility mimicked the gods by offering human sacrifices and hurting their own bodies with wreaths of thorns and other self-inflicted acts of pain. Thousands of people were sacrificed to the gods during their reign. By performing these rituals, the Maya believed the gods would assure the people prosperity and avoid famine and hardships.
|The Four Cycles of Creation|
|Crop Circle from AlienResearchCorp.Com|
|Precession from NASA website|
|Symbol at the end of the Long Count Cycle|
Did the Mayan get it right? The Mayan based all of their sacred rituals and beliefs on cycles. The Mayan believed that when one cycle ends, another would begin. They saw an end to one period, and the beginning of another. They attached meaning to these cycles and built religious beliefs, rituals, and predictions- to match their observations.
The Mayan calendar raises as many questions as it does answers. Will the end of this cycle mean the end of the earth, as we know it? On the other hand, will the beginning of a new cycle bring re-birth and renewal to the earth? The best answer will be found the day after December 21. The answer will be available to everyone…on
December 22, 2012.
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