It might sound like madness to some, but there are a lot of people around the world who are taking the Mayan doomsday prophecies very seriously indeed and believe that the world as we know it will stop spinning as of December 21, 2012.
I have personally always wanted to ask people who believe in such things why, if the Mayans were so intuitive and intelligent and could concoct a calendar that would stop at the end of time, how was it that they didn’t see those pesky Spanish conquistadores coming?
Followers of Mayan prophecy believe that the Mayan Long Count calendar that began in 3114 BC, and which has been running for 5,125 years, say that terra firma as we know it will either cease to exist come December 21st or, as still others believe, a new era will approach, a sort of Age of Aquarius if you will.
On the other hand, lots of Mayan scholars claim that the whole idea of the world ending at the end of the Mayan Long Count calendar is false and that is has been misinterpreted. They say that the idea of the world ending is nothing but a myth that has been perpetuated by people on the internet.
Internet rumors aside, lots of folks are happily preparing to embrace the end of civilization as we know it. For instance, Guatemalan end of the world revellers are prepared to usher in this day with a giant party on a Cuban beach. And in deepest Brazil, citizens are being advised to stop up on extra supplies just in case.
Even Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has gotten into the act, joking on a TV show that, “The end of the world is coming. It turns out the Mayan calendar was true. Whether the final blow comes from flesh-eating zombies, demonic hell beasts or from the total triumph of K-Pop, if you know one thing about me, it’s this: I will always fight for you to the very end.”
There has been an explosion in candle sales worldwide, but it’s been especially marked in Russia and China. Americans have other ideas when it comes to impending doom – not content with merely candles and extra food, they have sought to build themselves safe and secret survival shelters. The French, on the other hand, have decided to gather on a mountain top in the hopes that aliens somewhere will come and rescue them. Granted, it’s not all French who are doing this, rather just a select few, but it does seem as though people around the world are all reacting to Mayan end of the world prophecies in very interesting ways indeed.
What will you be doing on December 21st?