The ancient Mayans not only did not predict the end of the world inDecember 2012, but they expected the world to continue forthousands of years, Mexican epigraphist Erik Velasquez said. The Mayans did not expect the world to end because their cosmologydid not incorporate the linear vision of time that dominates theWest, Velasquez said during a conference on the Mayan 2012prophecy. "We have an apocalyptic mentality inherited from theJudaeo-Christian tradition. But for the ancient Mayans there werecycles, new beginnings, but never endings," the expert said duringhis presentation Tuesday at Mexico City's National Museum ofAnthropology. The famous Mayan prophecy, which supposedly calls for the world toend between Dec. |
21 and Dec. 23, originated in a Maya glyph fromthe Tortuguero arhaeological zone in the southern state of Tabasco. Numerous works of fiction, including books and apocalyptic films,have come out of the Mayan prophecy. "The idea of absolute creation did not exist in Mayan culture,(they believed) that the elements that make up nature have alwaysbeen present and the only thing that happens is that after so manyperiods, they age and get out of order, so the gods have to returnto restore order," Velasquez said.
The last reordering of the world that we know the Mayans consideredbegan on Aug. 13 of 3114 B.C., when the so-called "long count"started, providing "a road to infinity, which has no beginning andextends through the past and the future," Velasquez said. The reference to December 2012 appears on just one glyph of thethousands found at archaeological sites, providing evidence thatthe Mayans did not expect the world to end this year, the expertsaid. "They were interested in daily survival, threatened by disease,hunger, etcetera. People did not live past the age of 35, so theywanted to know if it was going to rain or there was going to be adrought, not about meteorites or nuclear wars," Velasquez said.
The expert admitted, however, that the Mayans perhaps reached thepoint where they "had an idea of how the current order of the worldmight degenerate," but this occurred during the colonial era,indicating that they may have been "contaminated" by Westernapocalyptic concepts. EFE.
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