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No Mayan apocalypse expected next year

The Local · 1 Dec 2011, 09:01

Published: 01 Dec 2011 09:01 GMT+01:00

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Sven Gronemeyer, a researcher of Mayan culture from North Rhine-Westphalia said that his decoding of an old stone tablet referencing 2012 has shown that the Native American civilization merely expected the return of one of their gods next December. It doesn’t predict the world’s destruction, the Spanish newspaper ABC reported on Wednesday.

The date of December 21, 2012 has been cited by many lay-theorists as the Mayans’ prediction of the beginning of worldwide catastrophes that will eventually lead to the destruction of the earth.

The tablet, which is thought to be more than 1,000 years old, has reinforced that fear. It clearly references 2012, and some have interpreted it for catastrophic predictions.

Archaeologists and other researchers have downplayed those interpretations and organised a special conference this week at an archaeological cite in Mexico’s Chiapas state to attempt to put them to rest once and for all.

At the conference Gronemeyer told reporters that Maya rulers believed they should “prepare the ground for the god Bolon Yokte” on December 21 next year, according to the ABC newspaper.

Bolon Yokte, who was the Mayan god of creation and war, is supposed to return on that date, following a 13th set of 400 year periods called “Baktuns.”

But nothing on the glyphs indicate he or anyone else will destroy the world, instead pointing to the necessity of a proper welcoming of Bolon Yokte, he said.

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“That date is loaded with a symbolic value as a reflection on the day of creation," Gronemeyer said, according to the paper.

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09:35 December 1, 2011 by freechoice
it is interesting to mention the 2nd coming of Christ in relation to this Mayan Calender thingie. What if the Mayan got it wrong? Could it happen next month?
11:52 December 1, 2011 by luckylongshot
It is probably our tendency to believe the worst that is making people talk of apocalype. Whatever is coming is cyclical and this means it has happened before and the earth survived However the search for what was causing the pertubations to the outer planets followed by the anouncement that they had found something, followed by a complete news blackout on this story from 1983 onwards and the frantic building of massive networks of underground bunkers around the world costing thousands of billions of dollars is scary. That these have all been finished in preparation for 2012 makes me think that the elite know something bad is going to happen and are not telling us. There may be something behind the prophecies
12:50 December 1, 2011 by daveT
So what if they did predict the end of the world? Predictions like these are made every year. Why should we believe one crazy idea over the other? ;)
12:51 December 1, 2011 by Gretl
I am holding out for Ragnorak.
16:38 December 1, 2011 by Englishted

To have the " 2nd coming of Christ" you have to assume there was a first.
16:53 December 1, 2011 by frankiep
@ "Englightened"

are you implying that Christ never existed in the first place despite all historical evidence to the contrary?


And the rabid atheists claim that religious people are ignorant.....
20:35 December 1, 2011 by puisoh
@frankeip .. 'historical evidence'?? Have you heard of Richard Dawkins??
22:13 December 1, 2011 by Frenemy
2nd coming? Bahahahahahahaha!!

Thats hilarious. If you're god exists then let him smite me before I post my next blasphemous comment.

God.....lol (seriously?)
07:52 December 2, 2011 by Englishted

Sorry I did not mean to imply .

Just to clear it up ,if you can prove he existed then will agree it is possible to have second coming, but seeing there is nothing to prove it .

What historical record ?.


Are you still there answer me ,I am worried, pretty please post.
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