Tuesday, March 17, 2009
"Mayan Doomsday Prophecy" on History Channel: Beware 12/21/2012!
A “Decoding the Past" episode called "Mayan Doomsday Prophecy” aired on Tuesday March 17, 2009 on the History Channel, with Maya researcher Bruce Scofield. The show link is here.
The early part of the show traces the history of a tall, charismatic Caucasian rule Kulkukan (or Quetzalcoatl), who left around 1000 AD, and for whom Mayan survivors (after their civilization had largely collapsed around 900 AD as predicted in their own katun) mistook the conquering Spaniards in the 16th century. The Spaniards were “offended” by Mayan customs like human sacrifice and destroyed much of the evidence of their past culture. Mayans had elongated the heads of some babies to emulate the features of Kulkukan.
The show explains the complex Mayan calendar, which is built in pieces that can be represented as cogs: the regular year (365 days), the ceremonial year (260 days, the length of human gestation), and the long count calendar, which divides into katuns that build epochs of about 5125 years. The Maya saw history in terms of complex cycles that repeat themselves. We are approaching the end of the fifth and last epoch, that ends on December 21, 2012. Then our sun will align with the exact center of the Milky Way, while the earth completes a precession cycle.
The Dresden Codex depicts a doomsday scenario where the earth is destroyed by a Biblical flood. Could there be the sudden beginning of an ice age? A sudden melting of most of the Greenland ice cap? What could happen?
It would seem that the only way the Maya could have known “these things” with otherwise primitive technology was – well, contact with extraterrestrials.
There is a blog “Corpus Mmothra” about the Katun prohecies, here.
A similar film (from the Netherlands) is "The Year Zero" (2001) directed by Wiek Lenssen, from Kleine Beer Films. I saw this at an international festival at the University of Minnesota.
The upcoming film “Knowing” with Nicholas Cage seems to be based on Mayan concepts.