Origins of the 2012 Mythos: The Question of 2012 and the Marvels of the Mayan Calendar

Origins of the 2012 Mythos: The Question of 2012 and the Marvels of the Mayan Calendar

Dec 1 2009

Mythic and Scientific Investigations into the Nature of Reality and its Recurrent Themes My study of Maya Calendrics (MC) has enabled me to understand why MC is regarded by the Maya as some sort of divinitory or forecasting device. For now I will say that Maya Calendrics is indeed capable of functioning as such, but we must substitute the “prediction of specific events” with the “prediction of thematic content.”  More on this further down. Every assertion made by Argüelles in The Mayan Factor regarding 2012 is his interpretation of a two-line “prophecy” phrase, and his assessment of the human and planetary condition. Argüelles is certain that the meaning of 2012 is the demise of a world governed by subjugation, and the birth of a new world based on cooperation toward the common good. How much of what is said about Maya Calendrics and 2012 is valid, and if so, what are the claims based upon? At the present moment and in the English speaking world Argüelles is the most enigmatic among the more popular Maya calendrical and 2012 phenomena researchers. His supra-mystical presentation of Maya calendrics, and his many failed predictions has led to his loss of credibility as a reputable researcher. But his failure as prophet does not mean he is wrong about his interpretation of Maya Calendrics, nor his assessment of the likeliest meaning behind Dec. 21, 2012, the day the Maya Long Count cycle of 5125.26 years ends and restarts. Three other well known researchers on the subject of Maya Calendrics and 2012 come to mind. They are John Major Jenkins, Carl Johann Calleman, and Daniel Pinchbeck. I regard Jenkins as...