By Joseph Gelfer
21 December 2012 used to be believed to mark the tip 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, a minimum of, a shift to a brand new kind of worldwide awareness. studying how a lot of the phenomenon is predicated at the historic checklist and what sort of is modern fiction, the publication explores the panorama of the trendy apocalyptic mind's eye, the economics of the non secular market, the commodification of countercultural values, and the cult of star.
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Mayanism, like the mythology articulated by “scientific” Creationists, seeks to marshal scientific evidence for spiritual and religious goals through the invention of sacred tradition (Lewis and Hammer 2007). As manifest in the 2012 phenomenon, an appropriation of the Maya calendar and its interpretation is used as a tool for the generation of a corpus of “myth of eternal return” (Eliade 1954) to “archaic” or “primordial” wisdom and promotion of a worldview in which a “New Age” will transform consciousness.
Associating colours with directions is a very ancient, trans-Pacific practice;10 we find it also among the Hopi and Chinese. Be warned, however, this lack of consistency from one system to another is the rule, not the exception. It indicates the “casual” flexibility we find in mythmaking among the Maya, and in Mesoamerica generally, and the consequent difficulties faced by the contemporary 2012 “researchers” who seek to ground their hypotheses in history. Throughout Mesoamerica there were numerous asynchronous cosmic diagrams, calendars and creation myths, which make it difficult to choose a particular one when striving to explain 2012.
In Aztec accounts, the first race of men were giants, who ate acorns. They ended as food themselves, for jaguars. The second try produced men who subsisted on a kind of rice (“water-corn”), and when blown away by the wind, became monkeys. The third-iteration men were transformed into turkeys, while the fourth became fish. It was not until the present creation that men subsisted on maize, and this creation, declares the Leyenda de las Soles, is the first to be inherently stable. The previous four, each associated with a cardinal direction, were born from and powered by struggles between gods, and each ended when one god triumphed.
2012: Decoding the Countercultural Apocalypse by Joseph Gelfer