2012 Prophecy Notes on Tortuguero Monument 6
The 2012 Maya Prophecy is documented on the right-wing panel of Monument 6 discovered in Tortuguero. Tortuguero is a site of the Classic Maya period in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. Monument 6 is the only registered inscription found so far, that refers to the end date in 2012 and its rare prophecy in the near future.
The overall text is devoted to the historical narrative of the local king named B’ahlam Ajaw, and highlights his dedication of a shrine for a local patron god, Ahkal-K’uk’, in 669 CE. Presumably this shrine or temple was where the monument was found by looters in the 1960s. The closing section begins with a mention of an earlier building or construction of a shrine (pib’naah) — maybe the very same one — during Early Classic times in 510 CE. The final enigmatic passage then links the later 669 year dedication with the upcoming end of the 13th Bak’tun, that is at the end of Year 2012 (188.8.131.52.0 4 Ahaw 3 K’ankin).
…uhtiiy waxak Chuwen b’olon(te’) Mak
Upib’naah Ahkal K’uk’.
Cha’ b’olon winikij ux ha’b’ waxak winikha’b’(?) ux pik
tzuhtz-(a)j-oom u (w)uxlajuun pik
(ta) chan Ajaw ux(te’) Uniiw
ye..?.. B’olon Yookte’ ta ..?..
…(long ago) it happened, the day Eight Chuwen, the ninth of Mak
when the Becoming-Ripe-House was constructed(?).
It was the ‘underground house’ (shrine) of (the god) Ahkal K’uk’.
It was two and nine-score days, three years, eight-score years and 3 x 400 years
(before) the Thirteenth Bak’tun will end
on Four Ajaw, the third of Uniiw,
when ..?.. it will occur…?,
the descent..?.. of B’olon Yookte’ at ..?..
Below, the reader will find our proposed match reading of the right-side section with the corresponding glyphs, after Stuart and Gronemeyer. In our revision, Lord Pakal Ahau included the syllable Ek (which means dark or black) in the reading of the fourth row glyphs. (T89 glyph, FAMSI Dictionary of Mayan Hieroglyphs) to extend the translation and explain what will happen at the end of 2012: there will be darkness or a dark event presumably effecting Earth and transforming the whole humankind.
NOTES FROM THE EDITOR: To learn more about who is Bolon Yok’te K’u, Lord Pakal added a further interpretation in the following page: Bolon Yok’te K’u: 2012 Solar System. If you don’t understand Maya epigraphy we recommend you attend a Maya glyph workshop such as the one offered by the University of Texas Austin every year. That’s one option in the United States. In Mexico, there are other learning alternatives if you’re conversant in Spanish, sponsored by the Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (INAH). Although the credit for the new and revised version of the Tortuguero Monument 6 is attributed to the Pakalian Group in other forums as posted by our friend Geoff Stray, the extended deciphering credit and compilation review goes to the research of our Lord Pakal Ahau, our Maya Director. Thanks, Lord Pakal!
NOTES FROM THE EDITOR: For a recent update on this unique prophecy and further interpretation of B’olon Yokte’ K’uh, read the PDF Document Wayeb Notes No. 30 (2009).
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