Monday, November 26, 2012

Mayan Riviera in December 2012

Kukulacan Temple in Chichen Itza
     2012 is the year for our biannual trip to the Mayan Riviera for vacation. I find it interesting and ironic that the visit coincides with the end of the Mayan Calendar. I've listened to all of the doomsday predictions, but really don't have any more faith in them than I did in the Y2K predictions that didn't happen either. I do have a lot of respect for what the Mayan people accomplished in the jungles of Mexico and won't belittle their beliefs or predictions.

I always wonder about where people get the dates that these cataclysmic events are supposed to happen on. In this case 21 December, 2012 is the date on a Mayan stairway in Guatemala at the La Corona site. In April–May 2012, a team of archaeologists unearthed a previously unknown inscription on a stairway. The inscription, on what is known as Hieroglyphic Stairway 12, describes the establishment of a royal court in Calakmul in 635 AD, and compares the then-recent completion of 13 k'atuns with the future completion of the 13th b'ak'tun. However, it contains no speculation or prophecy of what the scribes believed would happen at that time.
Astrological Observatory at Chichen Itza

In 1983, with the publication of Robert J. Sharer's revised table of date correlations in the 4th edition of Morley's "The Ancient Maya" each became convinced that 21 December 2012 had significant meaning. By 1987, the year in which he organized the Harmonic Convergence event, Arg├╝elles was using the date 21 December 2012 in "The Mayan Factor: Path Beyond Technology." He claimed that on 13 August 3113 BC the Earth began a passage through a "galactic synchronization beam" that emanated from the center of our galaxies, that it would pass through this beam during a period of 5200 tuns (Maya cycles of 360 days each), and that this beam would result in "total synchronization" and "galactic entrainment" of individuals "plugged into the Earth's electromagnetic battery" by (21 Dec. 2012). He believed that the Maya aligned their calendar to correspond to this phenomenon.

Temple of 100 Columns at Chichen Itza

I find this date has some logic to it that many others have not, but I don't believe this is going to be a cataclysmic event either. The Mayan's were scientists and looked at things in a different way than others of their time did and spent a lot of time developing their calendar and temples. The Kukulacan Temple in Chichen Itza is placed so on the Solstice the sun's cast shadows of the corners that give the appearance of a serpent coming down from the top of the pyramid. This is only possible if they truly had an understanding of the cycles of the earth and documented it.

I am Looking forward to writing my blog on the 23 December, 2012 and for some time beyond. ;o)