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Cosmogony and prophecy: Maya Era Day cosmology in the context of the 2012 prophecy

  • Carl D. Callaway (a1)
  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1743921311012622
  • Published online: 26 July 2011
Abstract
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The Maya 2012 prophecy foretells events that will occur at the close of the current Maya ‘era’ and at the end of the 13th BˈAKTUN period of the Maya calendar. This paper explores the mythic and astronomical events that occurred previously at the start of the Maya era in 3114 BC corresponding to the close of the first 13-BˈAKTUN period. These two 13-BˈAKTUN Period Endings, separated by a span of approximately 5125 years, are like two bookends on a single shelf that inextricably link ancient Maya conceptions of time, mythic history and prophecy. The following presentation will demonstrate how in this case, the past is very much prologue. Mythic events and godly actions recorded at the beginning of the era directly parallel those actions that will occur at the end of the era. In addition, new insights will be shared into how ancient Maya scribes linked Era Day events to temple dedications and architecture to reflect the sun's daily solar trek—a journey charted and revered by ancient peoples from all corners of the Americas.

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V. H. Malmström 1973, Origin of the Mesoamerican 260 day calendar. Science 181, 939941.

R. H. Merrill 1945, Maya sun calendar dictum disproved. American Antiquity 10, 307311.

K. A. Taube 1988, A prehispanic Maya katun wheel. Journal of Anthropological Research 44, 183203.

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Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union
  • ISSN: 1743-9213
  • EISSN: 1743-9221
  • URL: /core/journals/proceedings-of-the-international-astronomical-union
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