2nd Mayan Tablet Linked to 2012 Apocalypse
But some experts say: Don't worry about it
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 25, 2011 12:32 AM CST
Mayan pyramid at Uxmal in the Yucatan. Did the Mayans know something we don't?   (?AlphaTangoBravo / Adam Baker)

(Newser) – The bad news is that Mayan ruins make not one but two apparent references to a possible apocalypse in 2012. The good news—maybe—is that Mexican archeologists say not to worry about it. Experts have finally confirmed that a second suspected reference to 2012 was found at the Comalcalco ruin in an inscription that has been safeguarded in storage for years by Mexico. An earlier find from the nearby Tortuguero site in the Gulf coast state of Tabasco named the same apparent date on a stone tablet. The Tortuguero inscription describes some kind of world-ending or world-changing event that is supposed to occur in December 2012 involving Bolon Yokte, a Mayan god linked to both war and creation.

But some experts say translating the Mayan date to 2012 is inaccurate, and officials at Mexico's Institute of Anthropology and History have long said such fears are a Westernized misinterpretation of what happens at the end of a Mayan calendar cycle. "Western messianic thought has twisted the cosmo-vision of ancient civilizations like the Maya," the institute said in a statement yesterday. But concern is running so high that a roundtable of 60 Mayan experts will meet next week at Palenque to "dispel some of the doubts about the end of one era and the beginning of another," the statement added.

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Dec 20, 2012 9:06 AM CST
On the plus side... we do avoid the fiscal cliff
Nov 28, 2011 11:09 AM CST
What is all the whohot about? Who will really care how it ends(if it ends). Religiously the bible says we will not know in advance when it is to end.......I don't "Bible thump" , but I also don't worry about things I don't know for facts! But the article had several funny opinions.
Nov 27, 2011 3:03 PM CST
It's not only the Mayans who predicted the end of the world as we know it. The Chinese I Ching (book of knowledge) also predicted a change in December 2012, as well as the Hopi Indians and even Nostradamus. That is too much of a coincidence for it not to be true. Although, how the earth will end is still up for debate. The north and south poles could switch places causing massive tidal waves, or we could be attacked by aliens. A raging solar flare or a rogue meteor could slam right into us and there is absolutely nothing we can do about any of it. We are sitting ducks. (Of course, rumors of the earth's demise was talked about during Y2K and nothing happened so we might be sorely disappointed in 2012, or ecstaticly happy, depending on how you look at it.)