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Author Archive: "Dustin Thomason"

December 21, 2012

December 21, 2012.

Will it bring a galactic alignment? A dark rift in the Milky Way? A reversal of the poles? The end of the world as we know it? According to the one in 10 Americans who believe in the importance of an ancient Maya calendar and messages found on ancient ruins in Mexico and Guatemala — heck, yes! According to skeptics and many experts — Maya scholars and scientists alike — not a chance.

I used to be certain what the answer was. When I started researching my new novel, 12.21, it was nearly impossible for me — a hyper-rational science devotee — to grasp how, for so many millions of people around the world, an arbitrary date mentioned by an ancient culture a millennium ago could inspire so much fear.

But then I started to learn more...

Here's how the intellectual and spiritual stew of the 2012 phenomenon was cooked up. Before the beginning of the first millennium, the ancient Maya created their Long Count calendar, which has an important cycle that turns every 400 years. The Maya revered and feared calendar turns, ...

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