Gut Check: Making simple sense out of life
By Lenore Skomal Erie Times-News staff blogger
Lenore Skomal is an award-winning author and veteran journalist in all forms of media. She is a weekly columnist and daily blogger for the Erie Times-News. She’s authored 17 published books, including an anthology of her columns, Burnt Toast available on her website www.lenoreskomal.net.   Read more about this blog.
Posted: May 11th, 2012
New Mayan site debunks 2012 end-of-world prediction

You’ve at least heard how the Mayan calendar ends Dec. 21, 2012. Depending on what you read, there are many interpretations of what this means, if anything at all. It could be as drastic as the end of the world or as simple as a shift in global consciousness or merely another day.

Now researchers are saying that the calendar doesn’t end. And those first two scenarios might not be the case at all.

An ancient mural (petroglyph) discovered in a recently excavated site in Guatemala–on the wall of a house overgrown by thousands of years of jungle–proves to be part of a ruined Maya city named Xultún, according to National Geographic.  The mural is the first of its kind discovered, and depicts among other things, several calendars based on the Mayan method of calculating. According to the article,

“For ninth-century Maya, tabulating astronomical calendars to predict times of plenty was akin to gauging the stock market today. The calculations include dates some 7,000 years in the future, adding to evidence against the idea that the Maya thought the world would end in 2012—a modern myth inspired by an ancient calendar that depicts time starting over this year.”

For those of you who’ve been living like there’s no tomorrow, I guess there will be.

You can read the entire story here.

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