Monday, March 02, 2009

Why we might just all die on December 21, 2012

One day, I was chatting with a dear, astronomy obsessed friend of mine who's more or less the kind of person who knows everything about anything, the ultimate aficionado of miscellaneous information if you might. As usual, we were talking about random topics when the date December 21, 2012 came up.

Friend: There are actually a lot of prophecies about the world ending on December 21, 2012 at 11:00 AM universal time.
Me: Excuse me?

Being ultra-curious and extremely superstitious by nature, I obviously wanted to know more about how the world and we will be obsolete.

Friend: For the first time since 25,800 years, the earth will be in alignment with the sun and the Milky Way, a formation called the "Sacred Tree" by the Mayans. The Mayan calendar, which has predicted minor and major wars and other catastrophes and was also a base for Nostradamus' predictions, ends at that specific date, claiming that that will be the end of the world.
Me: What does this so-called sacred tree have to do with the end of the world?
Friend: There will be an extreme pole shift on that day. The hemispheres' positioning will change very rapidly. That day actually marks the beginning of the 13th cycle of the earth.
Me: What cycle?
Friend: You know how we had the Ice and Stone Age and such? Well, think about the human body. It cleanses itself on a regular basis. Now think about the earth.
Me: So the earth is basically cleansing itself from us and all of our makings.
Me: Well, sounds like we're responsible for bringing hell onto ourselves.
Friend: Possibly.

Our discussion continued while I stared with widened eyes, thinking about what I might be doing at that supposedly cursed date while at the same time trying to remember every detail of our conversation so I could relay everything to my parents over lunch.

Friend: Our own calendar is based on the Mayan calendar. Now you have to know that the Mayan civilization were extremely keen on astronomy. Their whole civilization is actually based on their calendar. For instance, they recorded every single detail regarding a person's date and timing of birth, under which stars and planets the person's birth fell upon, etc. Such records helped direct individuals to the professions that best suited the supposedly innate nature and character they were born in. And it worked.
Me: So if they're so into this whole foretelling of the future bit, how the hell didn't they see their own demise when the Spaniards came along?
Friend: They did.
Me: Well that's clever.

Apart from other civilizations, religions and individuals throughout history who have all prophesized astoundingly similar events happening in our time, the Mayans too stated that the century we're in right now will be going through many destructive wars and drastic environmental changes that will forever affect all life on earth.

Friend: Of course, this could all be a coincidence but if it's true, no one knows if it will happen on December 21, 2012 or if it's actually happening gradually. Case in point, Hurricane Katrina, the Tsunami, an increase in war and disease.
Me: Well isn't that lovely…

Needless to say, I made a virtual trek and found a lot of information about this topic. The most well-sourced and thought-inducing one is this documentary from The History Channel titled "December 21, 2012 – The End?" Although my dear friend did mention most of the prophesized changes, the documentary does site other sources that predicted the same things as the Mayans such as Ancient Chinese texts, a Native American tribesman, Greek and Roman oracles and more. My suggestion is to let the YouTube videos load while you take a shower and by the time you're done, you'll be ready to watch them before you sleep comfortably in your bed – for now ;)

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Part Five

Other links:
The official website for December 21, 2012
Wikipedia: Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar
Wikipedia: Doomsday this might make more sense after watching the videos

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  1. Blogger Curly Curls posted at 4:21 PM  
    lool , somehow i refuse to believe in that even thoug so many ppl talked to me about this nostradamos prophecy.. why 2012?? why december ?? ya3ny laish the end of the year why not januray .. huh ??
  2. Blogger Erzulie posted at 9:58 PM  
    curly: guess we'll have to wait and see :P~

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