segunda-feira, 2 de janeiro de 2012

World not ending in 2012, scientists say

 You can still repent, if you want. (LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images)
World not ending in 2012, 
scientists say
On closer inspection, that Mayan tablet didn't 
say what people thought it said
By Sarah Childress
Remember those Mayan heiroglyphics that were supposed to forecast the apocalypse for next year? A German archeologist, Sven Gronemeyer, has been studying this tablet. He says it talks about a transition to a new era, not the end of the world. Gronemeyer said that the people instead expected to prepare for the god's return. The Mayan elite liked the idea of that date, he said, because, according to their calendar, it was nicely symbolic.
He said the inscription describes the return of mysterious Mayan god Bolon Yokte at the end of a 13th period of 400 years, known as Baktuns, on the equivalent of Dec. 21, 2012. Mayans considered 13 a sacred number. There's nothing apocalyptic in the date, he said

The tablet, which was carved about 1,300 years ago, is partly illegible. So it's possible he's still missing something.
But Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology is pretty serious about this. They've been trying to squelch rumors on the interwebs about 2012 bringing the End Times for awhile now, even setting up a special round table of Mayan experts to debunk it.
Whatever happens in 2012, we can now be reasonably confident that it won't be this.
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