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  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Tlacaelel Press (June 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982682603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982682609
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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If you want to know what the Ancient Maya said about 2012, why not ask one? Dr. Van Stone has examined virtually every piece of actual Mayan literature about this subject (and a few that are only tangentially relevant, but very entertaining). And he has come up with a readable, funny, intelligent conclusion, one simple enough for terrified high-schoolers who worry that they won't grow up, as well as the serious scholar. The several dozen essays are independent enough to read in any order, but exhaustively cross-referenced so they lead logically from one to another.
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Dr. Van Stone offers us a credible version of the Maya, based on a passionate yet scholarly study of their writings. Instead of coopting, hyping,catastrophizing, or otherwise distorting the information, he gives the open-minded reader a glimpse of a fascinating people. With illustrations and lively rhetoric, he brings new life and light to a popular but too often misunderstood culture.
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We have just received our copy of your book. We heard you speak at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in September and were very intrigued and interested in exploring this subject further. Your book is one of the most interesting, informative and beautifully illustrated books we have ever seen. The book is an automatic magnet for all who visit us and see it proudly displayed on our coffee table. It is getting a lot of interest from all our friends and family. We may have to order another copy or two...

Your parents must be very proud of you and your work.
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If you are hoping the world will end, look elsewhere for proof. Professor Mark Van Stone, when asked what he expects to do on December 22, 2012, replied, "Go to my office and prepare lesson plans." Considering that it will be a Saturday, that makes him a more diligent worker than I am!

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 13.0.0.0.0. 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).
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Of some 400 books about the year Maya Calendar and 2012, this is the only one that is beautiful. Also the only one that focuses on what the Ancient Maya actually believed about their Calendar and its "End". An arcane subject made easy-to-comprehend by a witty, knowledgeable expert.
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