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2012 and the End of the World: The Western Roots of the Maya Apocalypse
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Did the Maya truly forecast that the entire world would stop in December of 2012? If not, how and why has 2012 millenarianism acquired this kind of popular appeal? In this deeply experienced book, two primary historians of the Maya reply these inquiries in a succinct, readable, and accessible style. Matthew Restall and Amara Solari introduce, explain, and in the end demystify the 2012 phenomenon. They commence by briefly examining the proof for the prediction of the world's stop in historic Maya texts and photographs, examining exactly what Maya priests did and did not prophesize. The authors then convincingly show how 2012 millenarianism has roots significantly in time and location from Maya cultural traditions, but in individuals of medieval and Early Present day Western Europe. Revelatory any myth-busting, while remaining firmly grounded in historical reality, this intriguing book will be essential reading through as the countdown to December 21, 2012, commences.