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Beyond the End of the World [Kindle Edition]

Will Black
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Book Description

Will Black's entertaining book cuts through the rampant misinformation circulating about 2012 to present a coherent understanding of the Mayan calendar and the significance of the date.

As an anthropologist and journalist, Black has conducted research into 2012 millenarianism for several years. He consequently offers a much broader and clearer picture than other books on the subject.

In their haste to jump onto the 2012 bandwagon, most authors seem to have forgotten that the Maya are a real people, often living in as violently precarious circumstances as their ancient ancestors. In response to this, Will Black demolishes many New Age fantasies about the date and the Maya before examining the devastating cocaine wars blighting Central America and beyond. This brings the focus sharply onto modern global realities in a way that no other 2012 writer has managed to do.

The hedonistic world of many westerners who have become interested in 2012 is compared and contrasted with the lives of both ancient and modern Maya. The extraordinary and shadowy world of shamans is contrasted with that of New Age seekers. Useful information about key visionary substances used by both traditional shamans and contemporary Westerners is offered.

As well as illuminating Mayan realities, Black puts 2012 millenarianism in context by giving a clear and often humorous account of key apocalyptic religions, ranging from Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, the Hopi and Aztecs as well as smaller cults existing over the last few thousand years.

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  • File Size: 386 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GMIW7U
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Mark
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Beyond the End of the World - 2012 and apocalypse

I really enjoyed reading Will Black's Beyond the End of the World and it really helped me understand 2012 and what it means, in a entertaining way. It's more than slightly sarcastic at times but serious when it needs to be.

Having several books on 2012 previously, including those by Daniel Pinchbeck, Geoff Stray, John Major Jenkins and Carl Calleman, I expected this to impose the authors perceptions on 2012 - but he doesn't. Instead he puts the movement in context by explaining Mayan beliefs, shamanism, prophetic movements and millenarianism really clearly. He looks into the Mayan inscriptions and demonstrates categorically that the ancient Maya didn't believe the world would end in 2012, while poking fun at the 2012 film - as well as those who believe the world will end just because they read it online.

He then takes a more serious look at modern Central American life and the cocaine wars in the region, contrasting this reality with doomsday and new age ideas about the Maya. He doesn't seem to be anti drugs though as in sections on shamanism he talks about the significance of visionary drugs like LSD, DMT, ayahuasca, Peyote, Ibogaine, salvia divinorum and mushrooms.

Light is shed on apocalyptic ideas surrounding the Maya by looking at other religions in a way I haven't seen done before. For example he suggests the Jesus expected apocalpyse in his time and he explains the importance of apocalpytic ideas in Islam, Judaism and other religions. He isn't exactly dismissive of these religions but points out that apocalpyse means "uncovering or revealing" and therefore it is happening and has happened for thousands of years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You could read all the books on 2012 - or just this one January 13, 2011
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All the other books that I've read on 2012 seem to just push one idea about what will happen - be it aliens, natural disasters or tax-collecting minstrels (yes really!). By the time I've finished reading them I feel I may as well have talked to the local loony/politician for all the balanced information that I got. This book is different, because it brings together so many different ideas on 2012, and by throwing in a bit of history, anthropology, politics and religion it helps you work out just how much weight individual ideas should be given. There are no wasted words, and the books a bit like a tardis of ideas - it's not very long, but it has soo much information in that I couldn't believe that it had all fitted into one book. However, that doesn't mean that this book is a dense hard read, as it's got plenty of humour in it. I'd definitely reccomend this book, and if you want to know about 2012 you could save yourself a lot of time and money by just picking this one up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Humorously objective... August 12, 2012
By C. Port
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Will Black is an anthropologist with an edgy sense of humour. His deconstruction of the work of 'experts' in the field of 2012 'End of the World' prediction is both funny and, in my opinion, valid. Quoting Mayan 'prophecies' are a staple in the 2012 field but as Black correctly points out, the Mayans and thus Mayan scholars are still a living people and most of the literary references to Mayan history and culture are made without consultation and therefore lack any depth of knowledge and, ergo, context.
Black successfully debunks, often with tongue in cheek, most of the more hysterical predictions of the end of society, civilisation and our biosphere with logic and thorough research. If you intend to wade into the mythos of 2012, then start here to maintain a sense of perspective. If you have already started to stockpile and dig your bunker, then you'd better read this right away.
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Beyond the End of the World 2012 and the apocalypse is a breathtaking book. This book by far stands out of the 2012 subject of books I have read by other authors, Terrence Mckenna, Mark Heley, John Major Jenkins. I was skeptical at first of Will Black, considering the ideas and thoughts being loosely and negatively thrown out about and of 2012 that's highly associated with a great deal of misinformation of the Mayan Calendar, Catastrophic, and the follow up to the World ending in numerous religions, sects, and cults.

Will Black's work on Beyond the End of the World wasn't what I expected, It was gripping! He took on what I consider a unique approach of Anthropology and Journalism intertwined that I viewed to be very appealing, daring to think outside of the box, Unconventional-Like no other book I've read on 2012, in which his book took me deep inside the context, unlike the other 2012 books I've read! Even down to the print I am impressed! I enjoyed intriguing quotes at the beginning of every chapter. This is not at all a difficult book to read and understand.

I was quite skeptical of Black's book with the impact of groups that are radically throwing out ideas and thoughts of self-perceived information of the end of the World based on the Mayan calendar like Russian Roulette hoping to target an individual, group, or sect to make money on their preconceived notions. His anthropology research conducted on PAN, one the mainstream group activists as I mentioned, is intriguing to read as he unleashes the research he has conducted behind his work! His humor to such intense radical group activists made me laugh quite a few times and his analogies of them are witty!
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