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2012 Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya Paperback – June 21, 2010
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This book is comprehensive, accessible, and filled with historical information about what the ancient Maya were REALLY like. For example, many things people might call "Mayan" are really Aztec. Sensational accounts of blood sacrifice seem to ignore this distinction: Aztec blood sacrifices were typically killings, while Mayan ones typically were not unto death, but were bloodletting from their own royalty. If our political leaders had to let their own blood to pacify angry gods, I suspect priestly prophecies that the gods are angry would be somewhat rare. Other than this the Mayans were a lot like us.
Their seeming obsession with time stemmed from the accuracy of their astronomical observations. About the same time that Europeans discovered the precession of the equinoxes, also with "eyeball" astronomy only, the Mayans did, but they also did something about it: They created a calendar that used the 21,000-year great cycle as one more temporal platform on which to build a mythology. Then they went a step further, imagining even longer cycles of time, in the millions of years. They "discovered" deep time long before our Geologists figured out that fossils had to be millions of years old. But when your basic Cycle is about 21,000 years long, a cycle around 5,000 years is just one quarter of that, and the date 220.127.116.11.0. marks the beginning of the next such cycle, and also the next 21,000 year cycle (I am using very approximate numbers here. The book's records are of course more precise).Read more ›
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Very informative book. Great conversation piece for your coffee table !!! Get a copy today ! You will love itPublished on January 22, 2013 by Dee Dee
This excellent book introduces the reader to the complex and fascinating world of Maya hieroglyphs , and Maya astronomy. Read morePublished on May 3, 2012 by Temoui
Southwestern College Professor Mark Van Stone has produced a beautiful and informative book on the prophecies of the Maya. Read morePublished on December 16, 2010 by Southwestern Prof
Dr. Mark Van Stone has written a very detailed account of the many mis-truths that have been perpetrated, and written about that will occur in the year 2012 A.D. Read morePublished on December 1, 2010 by Donald Hales