The History of the End of the World The Maya Prediction• A factory in Tabasco, Mexico and remnants of a city recognized by archaeologists today called El Tortuguero. Stoned carvings were found in the rubble. Archaeologists found one stone in particular and called it “Monument 6.” They transcribed the glyphs and found out the date warns about something happening, perhaps apocalyptic. The date was December 21, 2012. This monument ignited the 2012 phenomenon.
They Deserve Better The Maya Evidence• The monument actually doesn’t tell us that the world will end on that date. When looking at the other monuments and putting them in context, it is no longer of great significance. The Mayan lifestyle and beliefs, as showed by the author in his 6 concerns, show that the Mayans did not have any preoccupations about the end of the world.
God Is Angry The Millenarian Mother Lode• The end of the world apocalypse was also seen in Western Civilization in the bible. Albrecht Durer engraved fifteen images to biblical texts. He made a series of “Apocalypse with Pictures.” One of the images is “Horsemen of the Apocalypse,” which is one of the Western Civilization’s most famous depiction of the end of the world.
The Moctezuma FactorThe End of the World Comes to Mexico• The Aztec civilization fell due to Montezuma’s beliefs. He believed the Aztec god, Quetzalcoatl, will return to the land and take it back. Cortes came and Quetzalcoatl believed that Cortes was the God. This led to a rapid fall of the Aztec Civilization, as only a few hundred Spanish were there.
Apocalypto The Millennium Comes to the Maya• Diego de Landa set out on a mission to assist a massive Catholic conversion of the indigenous of the Americas. He led an inquisition against the Mayan people as punishment for the few men who wanted to preserve traditional Mayan practices. He was seen as an evil torturer.
We Are Almost There Why People Believe• Restall and Solari discuss about why people still believe in 2012, even after all these years. One of the big reasons is because of ignorance. People lack understanding and education about the Mayan calendar or the history of millenarianism in the West. There is also a lot of popular movies and books focusing on the end of the world. They state at the end that it doesn’t matter about the date, apocalyptic impulses lie deep within our civilization.