2012 and the end of the world The Western Roots of the Maya Apocalypse By Matthew Restall and Amara Solari PowerPoint By: Cherstin Bjarnson
Matthew Restall and Amari Solari attempt to explain why people have become crazed with the Mayan “prediction” of the end of the world in 2012. A monument was found in Mexico, and was named “monument 6”. Archaeologists believed and deciphered what they believed to be a calendar. This calendar was created by ancient Mayans, and had an ending date of December 21, 2012…“Millenarianism is the belief that an impending transformation will dramatically change society” (p.3)
Researchers haveconcluded that the calendar didn’t actually predict the end of the world, and the authors attempt to explain how Western, not Mayan, civilizations created the hysteria surrounding theyear 2012. Western society accepted and glamorizedthe falsehood that the date was a set prediction and a back theory.
The authors firstpresent that there was no such thing an “organized” Mayans. They weren’t part of a collective religion orculture. This discredits the calendar as a set religious object representative of anentire group of people.
The scholars Restalland Solari present hard evidence showing thatthe Mayan did not have a specific start date,although it did show to end in 2012. The author’s develop their argument “By having no importance to thestart of a calendar, how can you place importance on it’s end?”
Mayans themselves do not show signs of beingapocalyptic in their thoughts while creatingthe calendar. The calendar has no rhyme orreason to end on Dec. 21 2012 and researchersfeel that the Mayans thought that way too.