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By Joseph Gelfer

21 December 2012 was once believed to mark the top of the 13th B'ak'tun cycle within the lengthy count number of the Mayan calendar. many folks believed this date to mark the top of the realm or, not less than, a shift to a brand new type of international attention. studying how a lot of the phenomenon relies at the ancient list and what sort of is modern fiction, the publication explores the panorama of the fashionable apocalyptic mind's eye, the economics of the non secular market, the commodification of countercultural values, and the cult of big name.

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They sometimes possess “day-prophecies” and “year-prophecies” that are more or less auguries like those in the Codices (Roys 1933: 182–87). They are about as explicit, and as useful, as a fortune cookie. Their k’atun prophecies12 are somewhat more complex, but they are less interesting as forecasts than as historical records (Roys 1933: 183). Apparently, these “prophecies” were being rewritten during the sixteenth–eighteenth centuries, echoing and replacing much earlier texts which existed only as memories, having been lost or maimed during the Conquest.

Already, mention of the date has become more 2 The 2012 Phenomenon 21 frequent in the regional media. Since the 2012 date has real connections to the Long Count calendar, it may merit special attention from those in the Maya cultural revitalisation movement attempting to resuscitate key components of their heritage. If Maya cultural activists lend credence to the 2012 phenomenon, they will almost certainly increase acceptance of its potential significance in the region and it may become a factor in the Guatemalan presidential elections scheduled for 2011 since the new president will take office at the beginning of 2012.

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