Tuesday 20 March: The End of the World

Myth Reading Group
Tuesday 20 March 2012
5 – 6 p.m.
Room 5B.330

The texts:

A video: “2012 : Mayan Prophecy & the Dark Rift Alignment”:


John Major Jenkins is an American author and independent researcher, best known for his works that theorize certain astronomical and esoteric connections of the calendar systems used by the Maya civilization of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. His writings are particularly associated with 2012 millenarianism and the development of Mayanism in contemporary and popular culture, as an outgrowth from the New Age milieu. He is one of the principal people who have promoted the idea that the ancient Maya calendar ends on 21 December 2012 and this portends major changes for the Earth. Although his controversial views conflict with mainstream science, Jenkins is considered one of the most lucid 2012 authors, with a solid knowledge of the ancient Maya.

David Stuart is a Mayanist scholar and professor of Mesoamerican art and writing at the University of Texas at Austin. His early work on the decipherment of Maya hieroglyphs led to a MacArthur Fellowship in 1984, at the age of 18. Stuart has made major contributions in the field of epigraphy, particularly related to the decipherment of the Maya script used by the pre-Columbian Maya civilization of Mesoamerica. His most recent work, The Order of Days (Random House – Harmony, 2011) explores the important role of time for classical Maya civilization, while debunking the 2012 phenomenon claim that the Maya view the year 2012 as an end of the world.

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