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Is 2012 Really the End?

It is claimed that the Mayans predicted the end of the world on December 21, 2012. Nearly 15 percent of the world believe the end is near, and some believe that the Mayan Calender foretells our impending doom.

Try hanging this calander on your wall
Verdict- False. The Mayans never predicted the end of the world in 2012,  The prediction stemmed from western beliefs such as the writings of Micheal D. Coe, who wrote in 1966 that he believed the Mayans were hinting at an apocalypse  on the 13th b'ak'tun (December 21, 2012). Most Mayan scholars  counter that it was only the end of a cycle and not the end of the calendar. In fact, many Mayan predictions for the world is that December 2012 marks a new era of changes in human consciousness. There are Mayan inscriptions that contain  predictions well beyond 2012, such as one prediction that people will still be celebrating the anniversary of the coronation of K'inich Janaab' Pakal, a 7th century Mayan king, in the year 4772 AD. In Fact, the Oldest known Mayan Calander discovered goes millions of years into the future

 Besides, past events do not definitively prove anything other than past events. The world may very well end tomorrow, but not on account of any prediction from the past. Mankind has been trying to predict the end for thousands of years, and while it is a sure thing that nothing can last forever, nobody knows when or how it will all end. It really is that simple. Past predictions of doomsday scenarios such as Y2KThe Harold Camping Predictions, and many others have proved that despite our best efforts, we have better odds at getting it wrong than anything else.

So why do we hear so much about it?  Media frenzy plays a significant role in it... In the 1990's people were not nearly as plugged in to the rest of the world through the internet like we are today, and these urban legends can now spread much easier than ever before... by December 22nd we will be hearing some excuse about "bad math" or some calculation that the Mayans REALLY meant the next year or something those lines, just to try and keep the story going. I wonder what the next one will be?

2012 And The End Of the World

Edit- As Tommy Gleason points out below in the comments, the calender that commonly circulates with this myth isn't even Mayan, it's Aztec. (The Aztec calender is taken from the Mayan one, and has similarities, but is not the same by any means.)

For More Reading:
Failed Doomsday And Apocalyptic Predictions
No, The Mayans Did Not Predict The End On 2012
What You Should Know About 2012
Reuters Poll- One In Seven People Think The End Is Near.
Images Of The Most Recently Discovered Mayan Calender

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