TRUTH ABOUT THE 2012 DOOMSDAY PREDICTION SCARE
TALE OF AN END WORLD PREDICTOR & MAYAN CALENDAR DOOMSDAY PROPHECY
rebirth." (4, pg 105) Usually, as was the case with both John Major Jenkins (an independent researcher) and Professor Michael Coe (an established academic), there is the propensity for scholars to support their claim on the importance of the December 21,2012 Mayan calendar 13th cycle end date (beginning of a new era) by citing a reference to the "post-Colombian" (heavily influenced by Catholic priests) Mayan text called the Popol Vuh. Without getting too involved in the many points as to why the veracity of this particular document said to have been first recollected from an oral recitation sometime in the 16th century (by an anonymous source); first physically written in Mayan script - and then translated into Spanish at the start of the 17th century; and then eventually re-translated into other languages for distribution in the 19th century; is suspect to "not" being an authentic representation or unadultered rendering of true ancient Mayan mythology and teachings: the short point is this. The Popol Vuh never said anything about a galactic alignment, precession of the equinoxes, nor even the Mayan calendar (let alone the long count); and, it especially never gave a specific date for the end of our world. It has more to do with the creation theory of the Maya as purportedly told by its authors. Even if one does take the Popol Vuh and its story of the Hero Twins as being an authentic source of ancient Mayan mythology, this would be the equivalent of taking the Bible's creation story as good modern science. Of course, there are many who do this. Alternatively, there are others who see the reasons as to why one wouldn't.
Again, there aren't any known discovered writings or inscriptions of the ancient Mayans to specifically back-up any claims that December 21, 2012 is either the start of a new world, the end of our current one, nor the beginning or end of our universe. But, delving so deeply into the sources and/or lack of ancient Mayan literature wasn't a main concern for our end world predictor. He knew that the majority of the public would never take the time to research the specifics of these points involved here. Besides, he also understood that sometimes explicit contradictions don't really matter; especially since, he was tapped into the main source itself. He was channeling the ancients and they said to proceed. So, he chose to use both the writings of Professor Coe, which have continually claimed the end of the Mayan calendar long count cycle as a Mayan prophecy for destruction of the universe (in all the editions of his book since 1966), and John Major Jenkin's, who has also continued to use the same date as a Mayan prognostication for the opposite being true, a time of "rebirth" or renewal. These were good. However, there was one more important source to come along. When discovered, it would not only change the timetable of his Mayan doomsday prediction. It changed the course of his life.
The year before our end world predictor's lectures, a book was authored by Jean Meeus, an amateur Belgian astronomer who specializes in advanced spherical and celestial mechanics using purely mathematical formulae (similar to what the ancient Mayan priests used to do). In Meeus' much acclaimed 1997 landmark book entitled, Mathematical Astronomy Morsels, like Jenkins, he spoke of the "ecliptic and galactic equator" stating that "... in May 1998, both solstitial points (the summer and winter ones) will be situated exactly on the 'official' galactic equator." (3, pg 303)
Using these precise calculations made by Meeus, it was realized by our end world predictor that the Sun would be passing through the midsection of the Milky Way on precisely May 20, 1998, not 2012. In an instance of misguided brilliance, he deduced that these modern calculations meant the ancients were really meaning to say that the end of the world would occur on May 20,1998, instead of December 21, 2012. He was partially right. For, his world did end. On that day, he died of a heart attack; while the rest of us living continued on.
The moral of our story: Every day is the beginning of the end. Every day is the start of a new world. Be careful of what you predict; lest, it may become your personal truth. ~ Angel Tenez ( Spring of 2010 )