2012 Doomsday/Mayanism

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The 2012 Doomsday phenomenon was a widespread belief that the world was going to end, the method of destruction was debated thoroughly among theorists with no distinct end just simply that it would. Multiple articles flooded the internet, including from NASA. In 2009, NASA re-printed an article, The Great 2012 Doomsday Scare, which was authored by the Director of Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, E.C. Krupp. The article frames the year 2012 as “acting like a badly behaved celebrity. Frightful rumors and gossip are spreading. Already more than a half dozen books are marketing”[1]

The Maya People

Modern Day Maya Civilization

Today, the Maya inhabit Mexico and Central America, specifically: Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Campeche, Tabasco, and Chiapas in Mexico as well as in Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, and Honduras.[2]

Tortuguero Monument 6

Mayan long count calendar

Pseudoscience and Mayan Culture


Notes: Science and Pseudoscience Behind the 2012 Doomsday Prophecy by Wong Ching Wai Katrina

Beginning of the Controversy

Ancient Mayan calendar was extremely accurate due to their exceptional understanding of math and astrology with the ability to predict solar cycles and the dates of lunar or solar eclipses in advance

Scientific Arguments in the 2012 doomsday proposition

Mayan calendar, also known as the Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar December 21, 2012 proposed to be the end of the 5th cycle of the calendar Coincides with winter solstice (corresponds to propagandized “galactic alignment” of the Earth, the Sun, and center of Milky Way Galaxy)

Commercialization of the Doomsday Prophecy

History channel attributed with playing major role Books and journals cashed in on doomsday prophecy 2012 movie directed by Roland Emmerich popularized the idea

Notes: Apocalypse not now by Kaushik Das Gupta

Mayans and 2012 winter solstice 2012 winter solstice coincides with end of 13th ab’ktun and it will read: 13.00.00 for first time in 5125 years. Mayan enthusiast Dirk van Tuerenhout:

“An ab’aktun is a period of 144000 days (about 393 years) in one of the Mayan calendars: the Long Count. Thirteen is a sacred number for the Mayans, so the completion of 13 ab’aktuns, or 1872000 days, lends much significance to December 21, 2012 in the Mayan scheme of things”.
  1. Krupp, E.C. (2009, November 09). The Great 2012 Doomsday Scare. NASA. https://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/2012-guest.html
  2. Mark, J. J. (2012, July 06). Maya Civilization. World History Encyclopedia.