published Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

End of the world next year?

There have been countless predictions over many centuries about the end of the world.

Will it come in our time?

We don't know -- and predictions of dates when the world may end have rather obviously proved untrue, since we're still here.

But some ancient Mayans who lived in areas that now are part of Mexico seemed to suspect that the end could come in 2012.

There is a 1,300-year-old stone tablet suggesting that a Mayan god named Bolon Yokte -- a god the Mayans linked to war and creation -- is supposed to descend from the sky in what on our calendar would be late December 2012, about a year from now.

Some are interpreting that as a sign that the world will end. Others, including archaeologists in Mexico, say that Dec. 21, 2012, merely represents the end of one in a series of 394-year Mayan time cycles -- and the beginning of another. In that case, mankind presumably will live to see 2013.

Did the Mayans know something the rest of us don't? Well, if their prophecy turns out to be accurate, we now have less than a year to finish doing whatever it is we feel is important.

Meanwhile, Mexico is looking to enjoy hefty tourism profits as people from around the world flock to the country in coming months.

But in case the Mayans were wrong -- or were misinterpreted by modern man -- you might not want to spend your life savings.

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acerigger said...

December,2012,,right after Barack Obama is re-elected Potus,and the right REALLY freaks out?Heads exploding all over the nation? Not really the "end of the world",just the end of sanity in the U.S.!

December 22, 2011 at 1:53 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

This belongs on the entertainment page, not in the editorial section.

December 22, 2011 at 8:45 a.m.
Plato said...

Not looking for the world to end, however 2012 will be a year of significant and violent solar flares which will result in EM interference causing power outages and satellites to be knocked out. Some say the effects could be significant and far reaching.

December 22, 2011 at 11:35 a.m.
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