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2012, The Maya Calendar and the Apolcalypse

 2012, The Maya Calendar and the Apocalypse

Wednesday, November 14, 12PM-1PM

Williman Room, Benson Center

*Lunch will be provided*

Speculation about what ancient Maya Sources tell us about 2012 is becoming a global phenomenon in popular culture as the great 5,125-year Maya "Long Count" cycle reaches completion on December 21st. How did the ancient Mesoamerican peoples understand the world in terms of their astronomy, calendars, and prophesy? Is it a coincidence that the sun will pass through the plane of the Milky Way near the galactic center around December 21st? Did the Maya intentionally create this coincidence? What are the sources of doomsday and apocalyptic prophesies, of transormative shifts, and who are the stealth marketers?

Jean Molesky-Poz, Lecturer in Religious Studies: Her ethnographic work in highland Guatemala among Maya ajq'ijab' (calendar-keepers/shaman-priests) is published in Comtemporary Maya Spirituality (2006); Consultant and Curator for LIving Maya Time, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian website (2012).

 
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