Mayans themselves reject any notion that the world will end. Pedro Celestino Yac Noj, a Mayan sage, burned seeds and fruits to mark the end of the old calender at a ceremony in Cuba. He said: “The 21st is for giving thanks and gratitude and the 22nd welcomes the new cycle, a new dawn.”
That article breaks it down quite nicely, in fact. Here are the different armageddon fears they list:
- earth hit by Nibiru aka Planet X
- a comet strike
- or a solar storm (solar flares, radiation, EMPs (electromagnetic pulses)) aka my pet theory
- seemingly annual theories of strange and destructive planetary alignment (seriously if this could wreck the planet it would have happened by now, especially considering the doomsday theorists claim it will happen every year)
- a flip in the earth’s magnetic poles (which seems inconvenient but how is it an extinction level event?)
I’m a little surprised there are no ‘Independence Day’ esque fleets of alien destruction. Here are some fun things the article mentions that people are doing to celebrate the end to an arbitrary calendar made by people thousands of years ago:
- candles and essentials panic in China possibly because of the movie 2012 which features them OR possibly a ‘tweet’ on China’s version of Twitter (Sina Weibo) speaking of apocalypse and three days darkness
- kerosene and essentials panic in Russia because supposedly a Timbetan monk wrote an article in a paper confirming the end times
- survival shelters in America.
- march to mount Pic de Bugarach in French Pyrenees for aliens rescue (people and planes banned now) – alien base they’ll leave from at the end times
I must admit I really wish I were there for that last one. Inset photo is a shot of the Pic de Bugarach.
Well I think that must have been the strangest dream of all time. I’m kind of shook up.
It’s all starting to seem pretty unbelievable now but to wake up while actually typing on my computer, well, that’s a first for this blogger anyway. While searching for any evidence that what I dreamt was true I did stumble upon this Mayan Doomsday gem:
Believers of the Mayan calendar prediction that the world will end on December 21 have flooded into a small village in western Turkey, near the ancient Greek city of Ephesus.
They think Ephesus was where the Virgin Mary rose to heaven, which this ex-Lutheran wasn’t even aware of happening. But apparently at least 60,000 are aware of this and excited enough to make the journey there to wait out the end times. I guess Mary left some of her aura or something there so when the rest of the planet breaks apart somehow this place will go on just fine. Pretty awesome power, really.
Oh wait, maybe there’s a better reason for Ephesus’ popularity:
An ancient Greek village, Sirince is home to boutique hotels attracting Turkey’s wealthy class. It is also well known for its wine.
Now that’s a Doomsday Destination we can get behind.
I’m really interested to see how this one plays out. This is the third sacred safe place I’ve uncovered for doomsday panickers:
Arthur C Clarke, the British science fiction writer, reportedly identified the peak as a place of “special energy” and called it “the navel of the world”.
I remember reading about this one a while back actually. Apparently it’s too pointy to be a real mountain so people are sure that aliens buried a pyramid there thousands of years ago. I think it’s an awesome idea but I’m not holding my breath that the mothership is going to take off from there in nine days.
Other Mayan apocalypse Havens here & here.
[image from the article]
Nice uplifting post about what the actual Mayan belief is for what is to come:
Mayan spiritual leader in the Guatemalan Highlands, he welcomes people from all cultures to join in on the celebrations by showing their appreciation and praying for the new cycle to be better and to help replenish the Earth, and wash it from the troubled times it has seen.
He lists many important Mayan locations to consider but I liked his home-country recommendations:
If you do find yourself in Guatemala, I would say the place to be would be the ancient and famous city ruins of Tikal. I imagine there will be hundreds if not thousands of people there to celebrate this day. If you are looking for something a little more out of the way, the ruins at El Mirador would be a great choice. It is a three-day hike to get there, so you wouldn’t have the numbers, but the spiritual experience would be remarkable. Really though, with so many ruin sites scattered around the country, there will be no shortage of ceremonies and parties going on!
If you can’t be in Mayan places, his final recommendation is just as good:
…make sure you go outside and feel the sun if possible. Of course it may be cloudy and you may not feel the sun directly, but go out and appreciate this last sunlight of the fifth age. Welcome the sixth age, and pray (in your own way) that the new age will bring better times to our planet, and that mankind will evolve. That we will learn to take better care of the Earth and nature. That we will learn to change our destructive ways and become a peaceful and sustainable species.