The End of Time: The Maya Mystery of 2012

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University Press of Colorado, Oct 15, 2009 - 200 pages
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December 21, 2012. The Internet, bookshelves, and movie theaters are full of prophecies, theories, and predictions that this date marks the end of the world, or at least the end of the world as we know it. Whether the end will result from the magnentic realignment of the north and south poles, bringing floods, earthquakes, death, and destruction; or from the return of alien caretakers to enlighten or enslave us; or from a global awakening, a sudden evolution of Homo sapiens into non-corporeal beings—theories of great, impending changes abound. In The End of Time, award-winning astronomer and Maya researcher Anthony Aveni explores these theories, explains their origins, and measures them objectively against evidence unearthed by Maya archaeologists, iconographers, and epigraphers. He probes the latest information astronomers and earth scientists have gathered on the likelihood of Armageddon and the oft-proposed link between the Maya Long Count cycle and the precession of the equinoxes. He then expands on these prophecies to include the broader context of how other cultures, ancient and modern, thought about the “end of things” and speculates on why cataclysmic events in human history have such a strong appeal within American pop culture.

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User Review  - Kat Davis - Goodreads

While this book appears well researched It preys on some people's obsessions with the end of the world. An interesting read and analysis but not really my cup of tea. Read full review

Review: The End of Time: The Maya Mystery of 2012

User Review  - heather - Goodreads

a nice blend of science and cultural studies. aveni takes up the most popular theories about 2012 as they relate to the "end" of the maya calendar and examines them in the light of archaeological and astronomical understandings. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Anthony Aveni is the Russell Colgate Distinguished University Professor of Astronomy, Anthropology, and Native American Studies at Colgate University. He has researched and written about Maya astronomy for more than four decades. He was named a U.S. National Professor of the Year and has been awarded the H. B. Nicholson Medal for Excellence in Research in Mesoamerican Studies by Harvard’s Peabody Museum.

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