In part one
of these articles the Mayan calendar was explained and shown to be lacking knowledge in some areas. If you are the type of person who ignores practical common sense solutions to problems and answers that are right in front of your face (and I know that there are quite a few people like this) then please ask yourself why you should consider the Mayan prophecies to be true in the first place? Hindus believe in reincarnation, many gods, and that individuals have no self-worth since we are simply manifestations of god. Why do you not believe what the Hindus preach? Is it because their teachings are in stark contrast to your own beliefs in god? Well, the Mayan belief system is highly likely to be in stark contrast to your own belief in god as well! If Hindus said that their calendar shows that the end of the world will occur in 2015 would you believe this to be true simply because they said it was true? The answer is probably no, so why believe the Mayans? What did the Mayans accomplish that deserves your unadulterated faith in their end of the world prediction? Yes, they were able to accurately predict eclipses, moon phases, and some scientists even believe that they were the first civilization to use the number zero. However, is this enough to have faith in the Mayan people? If you said yes then perhaps you will change your mind slightly when you hear what else they believed. The calendar they used was rooted in astronomy and science but their beliefs, including the end of the 4th cycle on December 21, 2012, certainly were not scientific.
First of all the Mayans practiced human sacrifice!
Second, since December 21, 2012 marks the end of the 4th cycle and each cycle lasts 5,126 years then according to the Mayans the earth was created 20,504 years ago. We know for a fact that the earth is older than 20,504 years and this truth cannot be easily ignored when considering the Mayan “prediction” calendar. Even fundamental Christians would have to disagree with the Mayan dating system since most fundamentalist believe that the earth was formed around 6,000 years ago. Third, read what the Mayans believed concerning the creation of humans: (From Crystal Links)
“The gods make several false starts in setting humanity upon the earth. Animals were created first; however, with all of their howling and squawking they did not worship their creators and were thus banished forever to the forest. Man is created first of mud, but they just crumbled and dissolved away. Other gods are summoned and man is next created of wood but has no soul, and they soon forgot their makers, so the gods turned all of their possessions against them and brought a black resinous rain down on their heads. Finally man is formed of corn dough by even more gods and their work is complete. As such, the Maya believed that maize was not just the cornerstone of their diet, but they were also made of the same stuff.”
Fourth, the Mayans believed that once a year there was a certain number of days that were cursed. The Mayans called these times the “days without souls.” It was forbidden to celebrate on these days or even eat hot food as the “days without souls” were designated as days of prayer and mourning. If you happen to be unlucky enough to be born on these days then you were considered cursed and doomed to a miserable life.
Why should you ignore the Mayan prophecy of a new age emerging on December 21, 2012? Because the Mayans believed humans were made out of corn dough and they practiced human sacrifice! Need I say more?
In part three we will examine various websites and individuals who are trying to capitalize on this Mayan doomsday prophecy.