November 14, 2018

Maya Myth Moment–Where Did The Maya Go?

Maya Myth Moment–Where Did The Maya Go?

There has been so much written about the Maya and the 2012 prophecy. True Maya scholars, like the 15 we have worked with to put together Dr. Mark Van Stone’s 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya as a book for the iPad, are attempting to use this interest in focusing attention on who the true Maya peoplereally were, and even still are today.

2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya

2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya by Dr. Mark Van Stone.

Today’s Maya Myth Moment features a brief excerpt of Dr. Van Stone explaining what happened to the ancient Maya and really sets up a question we all should be asking ourselves–Are we making some of the same mistakes that led to the demise of the Maya?

We encourage you to check out Dr. Van Stone’s book for iPad.  It’s the only one like it in the world, filled with 53 informative videos from 15 Maya scholars. The book also includes more than 200 photos, diagrams and illustrations that help explain Maya writings, art and architecture.  And all for only $14.99.  Visit MVS2012.com for more information.

 

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Maya Myth Moment–How Much Do We Know About Mayan History?

Maya Myth Moment–How Much Do We Know About Mayan History?

Today’s video and Maya Myth Moment include Maya Scholar, Dr. Mark Van Stone, discussing how much we as modern scientists and people actually know and understand about the ancient Maya.

Palenque Palace from plaza in 1888

The Palenque Palace from plaza in 1888. Much of Maya history remains lost in the jungles of Mesoamerica.

If you did a Google search right now, you’d find thousands of websites all purporting to have vast knowledge of the Maya and many/most of them include misstatements about the nutty things that have been attributed to them.

With his book for iPad, Dr. Van Stone, along with the input of 14 other Maya scholars, created the most powerful resource yet assembled on the ancient Maya.  Just visit MVS2012.com and it will take you straight to the iBookstore where you can download the book, see 53 movies, hundreds of photos, diagrams and illustrations, we even put in an interactive puzzle of Tortuguero Monument 6 to make things fun.

Blowing Up The Bible

So how much do we really know about the ancient Maya? We have loved Dr. Van Stone’s analogy since the first time we heard it. Imagine if you took our modern Bible, wrapped it around a grenade, blew it all up and then picked up three scraps of the remaining paper and tried to tell the rest of the world the whole message of Christianity based on those three shreds of paper. Essentially, with just 1 percent of the Maya world uncovered and the remaining 99 percent still hidden in the jungles of Mesoamerica, that’s exactly the situation we have.  This also explains why it’s been so easy for so many to come along and project their beliefs, expectations and assertions onto the Maya.

Enjoy today’s video.  Also visit MVS2012.com to check out Dr. Van Stone’s book for iPad.  It is literally the only one like it in the world.

 

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Maya Myth Moment–Dr. Mark Van Stone Explains Dec. 21 2012 Facts

Maya Myth Moment–Dr. Mark Van Stone Explains Dec. 21 2012 Facts

In today’s Maya Myth Moment, we are sharing with you an outtake from our two-day marathon of interviews with Dr. Mark Van Stone and 12 other Maya Scholars while we were on location in Memphis for the Society of American Archaeologymeeting in Memphis in April, 2012.

This is one of the many Justin Kerr photos of Bolon Yokte and other Maya lore Dr. Van Stone used in his book for iPad, 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya.

Much has been written and frankly made up about what is supposed to happen on Dec. 21, 2012.  Well here are some actual facts about what was predicted for that day.  Essentially, Bolon Yokte, a Maya god, is supposed to reappear on earth.  What’s he going to do when he gets here?  We’ll let Dr. Van Stone explain that.

So much has been spun about a Galactic Alignment on Dec. 21, 2012.  Dr. Van Stone will talk about that, too.

2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya

We endeavored for more than one half of the year to take Dr. Van Stone’s original 2010-published text book 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya and turn it into an exciting book for iPad. The book now is available for $14.99 on the iBookstore. In it are 53 videos of 15 world-renowned Maya scholars explaining about these fascinating and real people who inhabited Mesoamerica so many years ago. A people who modern snake oil salesmen, fortune tellers and New Agers have added so much nonsense to, it’s almost difficult to get to what they really said.  Another difficulty is that so much of the Maya civilization remains buried in the jungles of Mesoamerica awaiting discovery.

Our book for iPad, produced by our parent company, Claxton Creative, LLC, is the only resource like it in the world on the subject of the Maya and Dec 21 2012 facts.  We invite you to check it out today.  You can even download a special sample of it, which now includes some of the 3D imagery of the Rio Azul Masks.  It’s very, very cool and a good read for those of any age.

Get your copy of 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya today and sleep better no longer worrying about what’s going to happen tomorrow–at least according to the Maya….

 

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Maya Myth Moment–App Friday Sale: Maya 2012 Book 1/2 Off Today Only

Maya Myth Moment–App Friday Sale: Maya 2012 Book 1/2 Off Today Only

It’s App Friday and we wanted to be a part of this special day by offering our US readers a special 1/2 the normal price of Dr. Mark Van Stone’s 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Mayabook for iPad. (If you live in another country and want to buy the book, please contact us dclaxton AT claxtoncreative D0t com, and we’ll make it work for you as well.)

2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya Book For iPad

Want to know more about the Maya than you’re seeing on TV and the Web? Visit MVS2012.com today and buy this amazing book for iPad.

So why should you buy our book? Very simple.

Many of the points you’ve been reading here in the daily Maya Myth Moment came from the work, but we’ve left out so many, many more.  In our book for iPad are 53 videos of Dr. Van Stone, and 14 other Maya scholars each sharing more and more valuable and interesting information about these amazing people. There also are hundreds of photographs, charts and drawings that will help students of all ages learn more about who the Maya were, what they said and where they went.

So hurry.  The sale is for Dec. 7, 2012 only.

And now we’ll re-emphasize one of the most significant points about the Maya–This is the Aztec Calendar Stone and the Maya never even saw it…..

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Maya Myth Moment–Mayan Prophecy; Is Prophecy The Right Word?

 

 

Maya Myth Moment–Mayan Prophecy; Is Prophecy The Right Word?

From this video excerpt in Dr. Mark Van Stone’s book for iPad, 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya, independent scholar, Dr. Barb MacLeod of Austin, Texas, talks about the meaning of the word “Prophecy.”  As in, should we be referring to what the may left behind carved in rocks across Mesoamerica more than 1,000 years ago as “prophecy” at all.  Her point is if you say that tomorrow you’re going to go shopping, is that a prophecy? The answer would be no.

2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya Book For iPad

Want to know more about the Maya than you’re seeing on TV and the Web? Visit MVS2012.com today and buy this amazing book for iPad.

Her point is if you have some divine input to see some ordained event in the future, that’s a little more like it.

So if the Maya wrote that at 13.0.0.0.0., the end of their calendar that the enigmatic god, Bolon Yokte was going to come down and put on a costume, is that really a prophecy or just a prediction of an event like tomorrow you’re going shopping?

TIME IS RUNNING OUT

Now’s the time to download Dr. Van Stone’s book for iPad off the iBookstore. This amazing book has videos like the one below from 15 Maya scholars, 4 3D animations and hundreds of interactive photographs, charts and information that you can’t find anywhere else in the world in any other medium.

Visit MVS2012.com today and get the book for only $14.99 and know more than your friends, family and anyone else about why you need not be worried about Dec. 21, and instead, amazed at the sophistication of the ancient Maya.

 

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Maya Myth Moment–Mayan Accuracy

Maya Myth Moment–Mayan Accuracy

This is a topic that can be addressed in several ways because in various ways, the Maya kept some very accurate records, which would lead to establishing their credibility, but at the same time, according to Dr. Mark Van Stone, the author of our book for iPad, 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya, they also are known to have made errors and just left them in the stone glyph monuments that are

Maya stucco glyphs diplayed in the museum at P...

Maya stucco glyphs diplayed in the museum at Palenque, Mexico. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

strewn across Mesoamerica.  Local leaders also just reset days in their calendar to coincide with a leader’s agenda.

In today’s video, an excerpt from our book for iPad, Dr. Susan Milbrath of the University of Florida, talks about the accuracy of the Maya calendar and their precision in tracking the skies.

In the book for iPad, pages 76-81, Dr. Van Stone points out that the Maya Haab has 365.00 days. “Every four years, it drifts another day out of synchronization with the tropical year of 365.2122 days, as well as the Siderial year of 365.2564 days.”

The Maya had no leap year. So over time, things got out of whack and their leaders made adjustments accordingly along the way.

As Dr. Van Stone says, “Claiming that the Maya Calendar was ‘more accurate’ than the Gergorian implies, of course, that they had access to knowledge superior to our own….  This is just not true. The simply used tools they had at hand, and their persistent intelligence, to do the best they could.”

You can read more about the Maya in our book for iPad by going to MVS2012.com and downloading version 1.1 of the book.

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Maya Myth Moment–Venus Transit 2012

Maya Myth Moment–Venus Transit 2012

As the doomsday predictions escalate and certain TV cable networks hype the hype, we’re continuing to try to offer daily updates that feature fact and science to help bring down the nonsense.

Last night on the National Geographic Channel, it seemed like Scottish

Paul Burton in the National Geographic special hyping the Maya beyond reality.

reporter Paul Murton brought up every ridiculous claim he could in the show entitled, Mayan Apocalypse 2012. There were many times I found myself shaking my head mad that NatGeo would use such tactics in a ploy to attract viewers.  Personally, I think networks like NatGeo have a responsibility to not air a program like this one. Yes, it was grounded with some scientific input, such as that from our friend Dr. John Hoopes of the University of Kansas, but it really got to be a bit too much.  

A second show that came on afterward, Maya Underworld: The Real Doomsday, however, was brilliant, grounded in science and fact and was really good.  If you’ve not had the chance to see either show, we at least recommend the latter.

The Venus Transit

Scientists have documented that the Maya followed the planet Venus through the night skies and kept pretty accurate records of its movement.

Apparently, they even knew and could predict that there would be a Venus Transit, an eclipse-type alignment when Venus crosses between the earth and sun. From the text of Dr. Mark Van Stone’s 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya book for iPad, “We witness a pair of these about once a century: the last few were 1518 & 1526; 1631 & 1639; 1761 & 1769; 1874 & 1882; 2004 & 2012.”

The Venus Transit 2012 happened back in August. Without any significance to much of anyone.  And if you were outside that day and didn’t know what to look for, you missed it.  Even with proper equipment, it would have been hard and dangerous to look at.

Nonetheless, a Venus Transit in 2012 has not hastened the end of times.

As a bonus, we’ve loaded up a video from Dr. Susan Milbrath of the University of Florida today talking about the Maya’s study of Venus.

 

 

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Maya Myth Moment–Mayan Prophecy & Christopher Columbus

Maya Myth Moment–Mayan Prophecy & Christopher Columbus

In his book for iPad, Dr. Mark Van Stone interviewed friend and colleague Dr. John Hoopes from the University of Kansas who has been able to trace the origins of the Maya prophecy all the way back to Christopher Columbus and the discovery of the New World.

We show this video, which is available exclusively in Dr. Van Stone’s book for iPad, in hopes of educating the public about how far back all of this goes, but also to help show its progression through time. The story has changed significantly from its days back in the early 1500s.

Many thanks to Dr. Hoopes.   This is really good stuff.

Want to know more? Visit MVS2012.com and buy Dr. Mark Van Stone’s book for iPad, 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya available on the iBookstore.

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The Maya Myth Moment–Ipsos Poll 2012–One in 10 Believe Maya Calendar End

The Maya Myth Moment–ipsos poll 2012–One in 10 Believe Maya Calendar End

The other day I was asked by a friend, “Do people really believe in that stuff about the Maya?”  My answer was an emphatic: YES!

There have been many times in 2012 when I have witnessed the intensity of those who believe that Dec. 21, 2012 marks the end for us all.

After publishing a news release announcing the design of Dr. Mark Van Stone’s book for iPad, 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya, I began receiving regular phone calls from one man. Each call was a lengthy one-sided discussion where he alerted me to all the facts associated with the impending doom we all face in just 19 days now.  He ran off a litany of names of scientists and government agencies he’d been in contact with.  He had factual information he’d uncovered and had called NASA about it. Clearly they had decided that the only way to get him to leave them alone was to send him somewhere else. They did. They apparently told him to send his package of information to the White House. Since this was sensitive information, they apparently told him that he should write “TOP SECRET” on the outside of the envelope and “underline it twice,” so that the Obama administration would know, with the double underlining, that in fact, it truly was classified information. The package supposedly was sent as described…..

Ispos Poll 2012

In May 2012, the polling firm Ispos released a study showing that “one in ten (10%) believe ‘the Mayan calendar, which some say ‘ends’ in 2012, marks the end of the world’ and another one in ten (8%) admit they ‘have been experiencing anxiety or fear because the world is going to end in 2012.’” Supposedly this was a random sample of more than 16,200 people in 21 countries around the globe.  So do people really believe this stuff? The answer is an emphatic YES!  With 7 billion people on the planet and 10 percent walking around believing stuff, I’d submit to you, that’s a pretty substantial number of fokes.

But as we have begun to outline here on TheWondersExpedition.com, through consultations with Dr. Mark Van Stone, one of the world’s leading scholars on the subject, all we really know is that the Maya Calendar is set to roll over like the odometer in your car on Dec. 21, 2012, and nothing more.  Now there were predictions that an obscure god they referred to as Bolon Yokte was going to come down to Earth and put on a costume, that’s about all that was really said.

Tortuguero Monument 6

As an exclusive today, we’re posting a video of Dr. Barb MacLeod in Austin, Texas, reading from Tortuguero Monument 6 which is one of the only two monuments that have been found from the Maya that even mention 2012.  So watch our video from Dr. Mark Van Stone’s book for iPad. And then go buy our book because this is just the tip of the amazing information you can find in this one of a kind book made exclusively for iPad by ClaxtonCreative.com.

Dr. Barb MacLeod reads Tortuguero Monument 6

This is the main text that mentions 2012. Watch this one-of-a-kind video. Each glyph that makes it up is pulled from the portion of the monument where it was carved and you can get a better view of it enlarged while Dr. MacLeod is interpreting its meaning. Listen closely and please, please let us know if you hear anywhere in this reading where it says the world is going to end in 19 days.

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The Maya Myth Moment–Aliens 2012

Aliens 2012

We didn’t do a video on this today. In part, it’s kind of hard to make a video of something there isn’t any scientific proof to support.  

Yes, as with so many other things, the existence of aliens and an alien invasion has been tied to the Maya prophecy. But as scholars like Dr. Mark Van Stone will tell you, there’s not one shred of scientific evidence to support they exist, let alone, not one mention in Maya hieroglyphs or remains that talk about them.

Yes, the Ancient Aliens show has tried to tie Pakal’s Sarcophagus Lid to the ancient astronaut theory, but a careful examination of the text in Dr. Mark Van Stone’s book for iPad, 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya shows clearly that Lord Pakal was sitting in one of the Mesoamerican ceiba trees and what was claimed to be rocket flames in the TV series is clearly the base roots of one of these unique and special trees.

Editorially speaking, it’d be fascinating to find we are not alone in the universe. But we just don’t have any proof of it. And from talking to Maya scholars, the Maya didn’t have any either……

We included a photo of a ceiba tree taken by our friend, Dr. John Hoopes of the University of Kansas.

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