2012 and the End of the World: The Western Roots of the Maya Apocalypse
In December of 2012 did the Maya really predict that the world would end? If not, how and why has 2012 millenarianism gained such popular appeal? On this knowledgeable book deeply, two leading historians of the Maya answer these relevant questions in a succinct, readable, and accessible style. Matthew Amara and Restall Solari introduce, explain, and demystify the 2012 phenomenon ultimately. They start by briefly examining the evidence for the prediction of the world's result in ancient Maya texts and images, analyzing what Maya priests did and didn't prophesize precisely. The authors then convincingly show how 2012 millenarianism has roots far set up and time from Maya cultural traditions, however in those of medieval and Early Modern Western Europe. Revelatory any myth-busting, while remaining grounded in historical fact firmly, december 21 this fascinating book will be essential reading as the countdown to, 2012, begins.