Roland Emmerich had a rollicking good time directing the fictional disaster pic 2012
, but the History Channel's more clear-eyed documentary, Doomsday 2012: The End of Days
, offers a more fact-based exploration of the Mayan prophesy of the end of the world. Doomsday 2012
, like Emmerich's film, explores the intricate calendars invented by the Maya many centuries ago--calendars that scientists still marvel at (in fact, one of the three calendars the Maya invented, this special reveals, is actually even more accurate than the calendar currently in existence). The Maya, using sophisticated astronomy studies and mathematical formulas, were able to calculate equinoxes, eclipses, and other heavenly events many centuries ahead of time--with remarkable accuracy. In one Mayan calendar and one of the few surviving codices that are a key to the cryptograms, the Maya appear to predict that the world will end in 2012. Therein lies the irresistible tenet of fantasy disasters. But the reality is just as fascinating. Doomsday 2012: The End of Days
is an excellent and enthralling history lesson, exploring the richness of Mayan culture, and explaining the studies of their calendars. Several experts illuminate the various means that the Maya had for their impressive measurements, yet most also say that the "doomsday" prediction of 2012 is open to interpretation. The special further looks at other predictions of doomsday throughout human history, which thus far, happily, have been wrong. This terrific boxed set also includes a bonus documentary that explores more deeply the science and methodology of the Maya and is a must-see for fans of Central American culture, as well as of science and science fiction. --A.T. Hurley
It is a doomsday that is foretold in the Mayan calendar, the Chinese oracle of the I Ching...even in an Internet-based prophetic software program: December 21st, 2012. Is there any truth to the prophecy that the world will end on that specific date? And why do so many oracles throughout history seem to point to that same dreaded doomsday? This fascinating special cuts through the myths and offers a fact-based examination of the Doomsday prophecy.
Also included is a bonus documentary: MAYAN DOOMSDAY PROPHECY which delves even deeper into meaning behind the Mayans and their apocalyptic calendar.