The Term Apocalypse In Maya Language

We read in American newspapers from the 2012 movie reviews that the term Apocalypse was a Western idea and the word does not exist in Maya language.

We asked our Director Lord Pakal Ahau about this statement and he referred us to the Maya word ‘loob’, meaning catastrophe, and gave us a good reference of the Chickhulub crater, an ancient impact crater buried underneath the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, whose impact is associated with the extinction of dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period.

More, from the Combined Dictionary–Concordance of the Yucatecan Mayan Language (David Bolles. FAMSI 2001), we found a good phrase ‘lubul ek’, meaning falling fire from heaven with a nice example (yalah u lubul ek yokol dzulob) – ‘He said that fire was descending from the sky over the Spaniards.’

As Maya scribes and epigraphy experts, we propose the following glyph since we cannot find at this moment an inscription related to Chickhulub. Our legacy for the 2012 Apocalypse in our New Mesoamerican mythology.

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