One of the world’s leading authorities on the ancient Maya gave his listeners seven compelling reasons why the apocalypse theories surrounding the 2012 Winter Solstice are unfounded during a lecture atChaa Creek’s Maya Winter Solstice Celebrations held in Belize.
Dr Jaime Awe, one of the expert guest speakers at Chaa Creek’s weeklong Maya culture exposition, scoffed at theories that the world would end on December 21, 2012, and, as a noted author and anthropologist, said he could back his assertions with scientific facts.
At one point in the lecture, given December 17 at the Lodge at Chaa Creek, Dr Awe gave a slide presentation listing seven reasons why the so called Maya doomsday prophesies should not be taken seriously. The seven points he highlighted were:
- Lack of data – there is simply not enough data to support the conjectures. The Spanish conquistadors had embarked upon a very successful campaign to destroy Maya libraries and repositories of information, leaving very little real information about their future views.
- Contradictory – Dr Awe pointed out significant contradictions in apocalypse scenarios.
- Manipulated – Dr Awe gave examples of how what little data that does exist was often manipulated to support various conjectures.
- Scholars disagree – In his presentation, Dr Awe noted that virtually all respected Mayanists, archaeologists, universities and scholars disagreed with the doomsday conjectures.
- The Maya never mention destruction on December 21 2012 – According to Dr Awe and colleagues such as noted author Dr Mark Stone, while the ancient Maya did record the date of December 21 2012 on their highly accurate calendars, they never linked that date with destruction.
- The Maya calendar actually continues to 4772AD – Far from ending on December 21, 2012, which marks the completion of the 13th Bak’tun, or cycle of time, examples of Maya dates up to 4772AD exist.
- The 2012 Winter Solstice was not significant – Dr Awe said one would expect that an event of such importance as the end of the world would be given significance by the ancient Maya and while recorded, the solstice was never given any real significance.
Describing the ancient Maya as the “world’s foremost philosophers of time” and the most astute astronomers any ancient civilisation had produced, Dr Awe insisted that any references to the Maya prophesising the end of the world on December 21, 2012 “are simply not true.”
Lucy Fleming, owner and GM of the Lodge at Chaa Creek which is hosting the educational week in the lead up to their Maya 2012 Winter Solstice celebrations, said that Dr Awe’s presentation was one more example of how the actual facts about ancient Maya civilisation were far more fascinating than the doomsday conjectures making the rounds on the internet and other media.
“That’s why over the years we’ve always sponsored legitimate research and university study here at Chaa Creek. I personally have always felt that history has dealt the Maya a raw deal. If we looked at them with the same respect as the ancient Greek, Roman, Phoenician and other civilisations it would quickly become apparent just how highly advanced this civilisation was, and how much there is to learn from them.
“It’s been wonderful to see what an eye-opener this week has been for our guests and how engaged they’ve become in learning about Maya arts and crafts, medicine, astronomy, architecture, farming, cooking and other aspects of their lives.
“The December 21 2012 Winter Solstice celebration itself is going to be incredible, and we’re looking forward to seeing the momentum of interest in the Maya continue well into next year. For now, we’re inviting people to check sources such as the Belize Travel Blog for more information about this amazing civilisation. I think people will wonder why we all don’t know more about these fascinating people and their scientific achievements,” she said.