Guatemalan Mayans to World: 2012 is Not the End, and We Should Know


President G. W. Bush at a demonstration of a Mayan ritual at Iximche, Guatemala in 2007.

This breezy seemingly fluffy travel article in the Guardian just days before NYE that somehow got overlooked as the apocalyptic hysteria surrounding the Mayan Long Count date of 21 December 2012 reached a pots-New Year crescendo (for now).

In it, author Kevin Rushby reminds us that unlike the Atlanteans, the ‘noble savage’ and other imaginary creatures Mayan culture still exists and continuous with its more grandiose past.

When Rushby asks a local Guatemalan shaman about the end-of-the-world prophecy, he says, “It is the end of a 5,126-year cycle, that’s true, but there is no mention of the end of the world. People seem to have got that from the Dresden Codex (a pre-Columbian volume of Mayan writings now in the State Library of Dresden). But in that record there is no mention of 2012.” According to Rushby, “Some millenarian-minded person had put these two separate records together and made a doomsday scenario.”

Read more about contemporary Mayan culture over at the Guardian.

To the student of apocalypticism 2012 is a clear case of secularised but still linear Christian eschatology meets a previously colonised cyclical but urban shamanism. When this doesn’t happen:

… it will be fascinating to watch the cognitive dissonance in action, one way or another …

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8 Comments on "Guatemalan Mayans to World: 2012 is Not the End, and We Should Know"

  1. … it will be fascinating to watch the cognitive dissonance in action, one way or another …”

    The fact that there’s not a really specific end of the world prediction connected with 2012 (e.g., like that rapture guy last year) will give people an easy out. I expect that most will just say that Dec 21st merely marked the beginning of some grand new age, and cite the most recent instance of social upheaval/strange weather as proof that it is already upon us. 

  2. robertpinkerton | Jan 28, 2012 at 6:50 am |

    21 December 2012 is a Friday. This is distinctly beneficial to people who believe “the world will end,” and who, in service to that belief, drink themselves insensible (as I have read of people doing at the visible approach of Halley’s comet). Such folk will have the entire subsequent week-end to sweat out their hangovers

  3. Liam_McGonagle | Jan 28, 2012 at 12:34 pm |

    For centuries these people have been subject to coordinated campaigns of cultural and actual bodily genocide that make the European Holocaust seem like an altogether unremarkable event.

    So Mayans probably have an incredibly high threshhold for what constitutes “The End of the World”.  I’m not comforted.

  4. I just want to know why they did not take the opportunity to throw Bush in a volcano 

  5. Not convinced, the world will come to an end! sorry that’s just the deal.

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