2 weeks ago I went to UPenn's Anthropology museum's Mayan exhibit. They pointed out that Mayan calendars actually do go far beyond 12/21/12. Some of them include dates up around our Year 3500.
I also learned that there are still Mayans today, even though many people think there aren't - the Mayan people number around 7 million. And that around the time of the Spanish invasion they had books, too. Bark books, so paper books. I saw one at the museum.
I will be eagerly waiting and seeing how the world ends, lol. As whoever said, Peter Pan? - that would be a heck of an adventure. At least I got one of my bucket lists out of way earlier this year: a 10 days Safari trip in Africa on horseback, getting up close and personal with big Fives. yay.
The whole Mayan calendar phenomenon came about from Terrenc McKenna. He was a new age mathematician who created a algorhythmic chart based on the I-ching, using when the i-ching was invented (granted loose with the dates) and the chart dropped off coincidentally on December 21, 2012. Because that date was associated with the Mayan calendar it became a theory that the drop off of the date chart McKenna created meant "the end" seeing as it supposedly matched up with other historical events. The problem with the whole thing is McKenna is dead, and his research was burned up in a fire. The television show "Unsolved Mysteries" did a segment on McKenna in the early 90's and this is where this whole "Mayan Madness" started.
I found it interesting that the owner of Perfect World, a video game, took the subscription requirement out of his game this last week since he believes the world is going to end on Friday. I wonder how his investors took the news...
Am I going to an End of the World party? Yes. Any excuse for a party lol
There have been so many end of the world predictions that never came true. I don't think they hold much weight. I only heard of the Mayan Calendar after watching that movie (I can't remember the name off the top of my head)
Sigh. Yet ANOTHER "end-of-the-world" moronic episode? I'll pass, thank you. Although I do feel heartily sorry for the folks who really believe in this stuff. It must be oh so disappointing when it doesn't happen. How do they manage to go on with their lives until the next "end-of-the-world" moronic episode?