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The world will (not?) end in 2012: Mayas vs. Incas

January 1, 2012

(Courtesy of Counting Down to 2012.)

Although anthropologists and historians typically agree that the Mayan civilization of southern Mexico and Central America ended within a generation of the rise of the Incas in the beautiful Andes of South America, it’s always cool (in an exceedingly nerdy way) to wonder who would have won had the Mayas and Incas gone to war.

In a more modern battle of beliefs, a group of Peruvian Shamans gathered in Lima on Dec. 30th for a traditional year-end ritual. This year they offered prayers and sacrifices of coca leaves to Inca gods specifically to counteract the supposed old Maya prophecies that the world will end in 2012.

India TV News reports:

The shamans, dressed in traditional Amazonian and Andean outfits, summoned the ancient Inca gods to ask them to change the prophecies that many think signal the end of the world on December 21, 2012.

“This is not going to happen, to those who think that way to spread panic, (we say) no, the world is not going to end. The bad things, hatred, revenge, rage are ending. And a new spiritual world of peace and love will be starting,” said Juan Osco a shaman from the Andes.

I guess we’ll find out soon enough (on my Mother’s next birthday, no less!) whether the Mayas or the Incas will win this one. They also offered prayers for world leaders, to include President Obama, CFK, Kim Jong-il, and the new president of Spain. The BBC and the Huffington Post provided some neat videos of the ceremony, which can be found here and here (respectively).

Check out Americas South and North for a more in-depth historical and anthropological look at how we (collective term used loosely) may have been Misreading Mayans, provided by Colin M. Snider.

And with that, I’ll leave you with the wisdom of my friend Nancy: “If [the Mayas] were so good at predicting things, they’d have seen the Spanish coming.”

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2 Comments
  1. ecatin permalink

    Apparently there is archaelogical evidence that the Mayans did not believe that the world will end in 2012: link here: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/mayan-2012-calendar-doomsday-december-21-scientists-offer/story?id=15273982#.T9EjZ7X4KP8

  2. Melodie permalink

    They could not predict anything!! They were astrologist they knew the earth was round before anyone else. They studied the stars and the planets they knew celestial events. they were not fortune tellers!! My thoughts are we have been destroyed before and it will happen again. They knew more about the earth then we ever did!! All I am saying is be prepared for anything because you may never know when mother nature may turn on us for not taking care of the planet! Also FYI the Mayas also got a lot of their information from the star gods (aliens) something the government denies exist if they wont tell us about that why would they ever tell us the world would end,,, It would cause panic and fear and they don’t want that. They have build underground shelters and 500.000 plastic caskets.. They don’t have the fear cause they are protected. New world order wants us to be eliminated. 6.6 billion people on this planet and they only want 500.000 read up on this and then tell me to trust the government to tell us the facts of what our planet is doing…I pray Its not real but do not rely on our government to help us.

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