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- Publication Date: November 30, 2010
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- Language: English
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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!Read more ›