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2012 – The end of the world?

000023_2Is the solstice on 21 December 2012 really the end of the world? 

It’s been interpreted as an apocalyptic event by some but it merely refers to the end of an era in the Mayan calendar. A long era for sure – a cycle of 5,125 years since the beginning of the Mayan Long Count calendar in 3113 B.C.

The Maya was a Mesoamerican civilization, with the only fully developed written language in the pre-Columbian Americas. It also was famous for its art, architecture, and mathematical and astronomical systems.

You can still see evidence of this at Chichen Itza, which was only excavated in 1841, where the observatory can still be seen as well as the wonderful building, the Kukulkan pyramid, shown in the picture (which I was lucky to climb in the last year they allowed tourists to do so).

Their shamans also practised medicine using natural herbs as painkillers and hallucinogens.000011_4

000021_1And of course there were human sacrifices, cutting out hearts and drowning virgins (and probably children) in Cenotes or sacrificial wells like the one here at Chichen Itza in the Yucatan, Mexico.

Modern day Mayans live in Mexico and Central America.

Author: mikethepsych

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