A brief history of the "Maya 2012" phenomenon
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Jul 9, 2012 7:16 PM Last Post By: aslukas
Jul 7, 2012 7:20 AM
A brief history of the "Maya 2012" phenomenonGreetings TTers,
Because I know the topic of 2012 and Maya calendars comes up on this forum from time to time (if infrequently), I thought the following paper might be of interest to a few people. It deals with the 2012 phenomenon as a movement, rather than getting all twisted up in trying to counter arguments about what the maya did or didn't say: where the 2012 date came from, who came up with some of the ideas we hear bandied about, how it's developed over time, etc. In case any of you were curious.
The paper's short and pretty accessible.
(By John Hoopes, an anthropologist at the University of Kansas)
Cross-posted in Central America
Jul 8, 2012 10:09 AM
1I hope the thousands of people who are suppose to come to Mexico to witness this so called end of the world will not be disappointed when there is a !2\13\2012. The Maya must be laughing their ass of at the crazy gringo's.
Edited by: heyduke
Jul 9, 2012 8:22 AM
2A guy named Jose Arguelles popularized this notion in a book called the Mayan Factor, published in 1987. At the back of that book there is a page titled About The Author. Here's the first paragraph: "Artist, poet, visionary historian, and cosmic harmonist, Jose Arguelles, Ph.D., is recognized as a leading spokesperson for the principles of art as awakened worship and the role of art as a dynamic agent of planetary transformation."
My wife took this book very seriously when in came out, but I notice she continues making plans beyond December of this year.
Jul 9, 2012 10:07 AM
Jul 9, 2012 10:24 AM
4Heyduke, I guess my question is this: if I want to avoid running into thousands of other tourists in December, do you think I should avoid certain areas/places in Chiapas and Oaxaca? I've traveled Mexico around Christmas and New Year before few times so I am familiar with the phenomenon of the entire Mexico going to their favorite vacation spots ;-) - so I am asking rather specifically about tourists coming to wittiness the end of the world or whatever their imagination tell them.
Jul 9, 2012 5:03 PM
Jul 9, 2012 7:16 PM
6I bet the people-watching will more than make up for any possible shame brought on by being among so many gringos in flowing white clothing.
The funny thing to me about 2012 is that most of the "believers" who aren't in the business of writing books and producing web documentaries (and I've had the pleasure of speaking with a great many of them) don't have any set belief about what 2012 "means" or even what the Maya supposedly had to say about it. Most of them just know it's important, and use it like a center of gravity around which their other beliefs about consciousness, catastrophies, aliens, and what all can orbit.
Snarky as I may be about the whole thing, I have to say that in my experience most of the people attracted to the 2012 phenomenon are good people with good intentions and a genuine interest in the Maya. What they lack is access to good information and actual experts who don't dismiss them as crazy or racist. What really doesn't help is the tendency that Hoopes's article highlights, of otherwise respectable archaeologists and anthropologists making stupid claims in an attempt to "resonate" with their audience. All that does is enable the loonies and leave the interested public in the dark.
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