If I had a penny for every time ‘the world was ending’ I would only have a paltry two hundred pennies (and counting) but this doesn’t make doomsday predictions any less annoying.
21st December 2012 – Also known as the end of the world
According to livescience.com, ‘the Mayan Long count calendar is divided into bak’tuns, or 144,000-day cycles that begin at the Maya creation date. The winter solstice of 2012 (Dec. 21) is the last day of the 13th bak’tun, marking what the Mayan people would have seen as a full cycle of creation.’ It’s not a hundred percent clear whether this date marked some highly significant spiritual event, the end of the calendar year or an actual apocalypse but many have been waiting (in dread) for what has been ear-marked as the end of the planet. This Mesoamerican calendar notes various astronomical and numerological formulae that point to the apocalyptic solstice but these have generally not been accepted by mainstream scientists or historians. Some may consider the ancient calculations a ‘pseudoscience’ that should be taken more seriously but apparently the calendar has been misinterpreted altogether.
Also notable is the theory that the legendary planet of Nibiru (or Planet X), as first mentioned by the ancient Sumerians (and also by the Mayans), will crash into the Earth around this date, completely destroying it and everyone on it. They believed that Nibiru, which comes into our solar system every 3,600 years, due to an extremely long elliptical orbit, is due a visit this December. The legend was rubbished by David Morrison, an astrobiologist from NASA who was quoted on theregister.co.uk as calling the theory ” a manufactured fantasy.”
Political spinning rather than planetary collision
Ancient Mayan inscriptions dating back to around A.D. 669 in Tortuguero, Mexico and unearthed Mayan ruins of La Corona in Guatemala are the main references for the doomsday prediction. The hieroglyphics on the 1,300 year old inscriptions document the believed ‘end date’, also attaching this to the visit of a Mayan king and the most powerful Mayan ruler at the time, known as Jaguar Paw. As if his name were not suspicious enough, it is widely believed by Western academics that the king included his name in the ‘end date’ folklore to catapult himself into historical eternity and that the date is not an ‘end date’ at all. At least not for the entire world. It may just be a significant historical date, or part of a failed political campaign enhanced by the inclusion of a powerful king who wanted his legend to live on ‘into the new world.’
“The text talks about ancient political history rather than prophecy,” Marcello A. Canuto, director of Tulane University’s Middle American Research Institute, said. On the subject of Planet X, Mitzi Adams, a solar/archaeoastronomer from NASA is quoted as follows on theregister.com – “It makes no sense, because if it was there we could see it. We’d have been tracking it for a decade or so. And by now, it would be the brightest object in the sky after the Sun and Moon. You can dispel this rumour yourself, just go out and look at the sky.”