Deciphering the 2012 Maya Codes

Maya scholars, in particular Americans, will not deal with the interpretation of the 2012 End of the Maya Calendar because they resent the amount of false information that has been published in esoteric books, non-academic publications and Internet in the last ten years.

An interesting quote from Dr. David Stuart about Stephen Houston article’s What Will Not Happen In 2012 summarizes the feelings. In his blog, he commented, ‘Ok, Steve, let’s be prepared — you’ve opened Pandora’s Box with this one! I’ll wager that 2012 will now dominate the blog for months to come…’

A look at the Aztlan archives for the same period of time will tell you how their members despise 2012 posts claiming they do not have enough information to discuss the validity of 2012 theories in general.

One rare exception that comes to our mind is American archaeologist Dr. John Hoopes, Department of Anthropology, University of Kansas, who acts as a moderator in another forum which allows with an open mind to post threads about 2012 issues. For this reason, Dr. Hoopes serves as a real inspiration and teaching model to what learning in education and critical thinking is about.

Another example, as reported in El Periodico de Mexico, is INAH archaeologist Dr. Stanislaw Iwaniszewski, who has the mission to promote 2012 as an education tool to communicate how the Maya calendar works, associated with calculations of Venus, solar and lunar cycles, among other elements. However, in his interview he says, ‘2012 is not the end of the world but because the Maya vision is cyclic we have to be prepared anyway for the beginning of a new cycle’. Interesting quote, isn’t it?

There are many examples in our Mesoamerican culture that allow to extrapolate the date between December 21-23, 2012 indirectly. Iwaniszewski quotes inscriptions of 2012 Long Count calculations as the End of the Maya Calendar at Teotihuacan, Chichen Itza, Uxmal, El Tajin, Paquime and Xochicalco to name a few.

The truth is if you can find glyphs inscriptions in the Initial Series about 4 Ahau 8 Kumku, our Creation Date in stelas that describe the Long Count calendar, meaning the mythical origins that correspond to a date between 11-13 August, 3114 B.C., we know that our Mayas were also calculating and thinking about the End of the calendar in December 21, 2012 as a cycle of 1872000 days.

In our opinion, our Mexican scholars have the right perspective about 2012. To provide information to anyone about the arqueoastronomical aspects contained in our cultural patrimony, even though in 2012 Panindigenist groups will arrive to several Maya locations motivated with the 2012 End of the World.

NOTES FROM THE EDITOR: For the date December 21, 2012 in Maya numbers, please refer to our post here.

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