It’s Not the End of the World

21 Dec

ADVENT DAY TWENTY-ONE: Christmas. It’s not long away. And to celebrate advent, new content will be added to this blog every day in the countdown to the big day. You’ll see reviews, opinion pieces, links to some of my other work, videos – maybe even a short story! Remember to check back every day (in between the mad rush of packing presents, getting the freezer stocked up and watching Home Alone on repeat).

Today isn’t the end of the world. You know it; I know it; the Mayans knew it. So where does this myth come from?!

Mayan Ruins 2

Today, the 13th Baktun of the Mayan calendar ends – and some have interpreted this as meaning the end of the world. Indeed, many are going to Yukatan to experience… well, something. But according to The Guardian, even the Mexicans are baffled by the ‘prediction’:

“Told that a lot of conventional wisdom behind the doomsday scenario in the rest of the world supposedly derived from ancient Mayan texts, they politely replied that they were not aware of any such prediction or text.

In every place we visited, whether in a large city like Merida or a smaller town like Celestun or Uayamon, we found the local people going about their business in perfect calmness without any concern for any impending apocalypse.”

There’s very little foundation to the ‘apocalypse’ rumour – it’s just a misinterpretation. And no, I don’t mean between languages. In fact, the end of the 13th Baktun just means the start of a new era. It comes every 5, 125 years – and the last one ended at the start of the Mayan era.

So today isn’t the end of the world. Not in any way. In fact, according to the Mayan culture, today is the start of a new world.

(And just as you’re questioning if I’m a real writer because, frankly, this is all getting too philosophical… You can read my short story, Yukatan, here!)

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