Is our western prophecy of the Mayan 2012 Doomsday derivative of Christian Eschatology, Theosophical mysticism, and Mayan suppression?
Mainstream Media over the last decade, and especially the last month, is replete with documentation of people seized with interest and fear over the so-called “Mayan Apocalypse”, “2012 Doomsday”, and other “end-of-days” prophecies, centering around what most researchers recognize as a misunderstanding of the meaning behind the ancestral Mayan’s ‘Long-Count’ Calendar.
The theories are varied and attribute different value to the winter solstice of December 21st, 2012. Some think there will be a cataclysmic event such as a massive depopulation, a galactic alignment (either positive or negative), some sort of catastrophic impact of earth by an asteroid or as yet undocumented planet, a sudden reversal of the north/south poles, massive coronal ejections from the sun, and the like.
While we will chronicle the panic, and somewhat cover the different meta-theories of the Mayan 2012 Apocalypse, our focus is on the belief systems that created or promoted the prophecy, while examining the history of Christian Eschatology, Mayan suppression by Catholic Jesuits, and the effect of Catholicism and Theosophical mysticism on indigenous Mayan culture.
Is a misconception okay if it might lead to a more united humanity?