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June 5, 2020

This is NOT The Maya Calendar–It’s the Aztec ‘Calendar Stone’

We have come to accept the fact that it’s REALLY, REALLY HARD to believe much of anything that’s on the Internet–including this most important of points–about representations of the Maya Calendar anywhere from stock trading commercials to the breadth of the Google Image page on “Maya Calendar.” The problem here is this–this is NOT the Maya Calendar–it’s the Aztex “Calendar Stone,” and came after the fall of the Maya–the ancient Maya never even saw this rock!

The Aztec Calendar Stone--Not the Mayan Calendar

This image, a circular stone, also known as the Altar of Axayacatl, features eight triangular sun rays, the Sun God Tonatiuh in the middle sporting a tongue of flint.  Surrounding him, per Dr. Mark Van Stone’s book, 2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya, is a “giant X-shaped date 4-Ollin, the date of the latest creation“–there are five that were believed by the Aztecs to have happened over time.

But if you open a new tab in your browser and do a Google, Bing, Yahoo or any other search of “the Maya Calendar,” this is what you’re going to see: The Aztec Calendar Stone.

Google Mayan Calendar Image Search Results

Now in all fairness, the Aztec apparently did rely on the teachings and beliefs of the Maya as they came up with their own creation stories.  There are similar dates and what Van Stone refers to as a “rhetorical structure” to the Maya’s famed Popol Vuh, record of creation.  But as Dr. Van Stone points out in his book, “The Aztecs either received a corrupted account of the Maya Creation, or deliberately changed it,” because they have significant differences, at least in the minds of scholars.

Beware of 2012 Meme Exaggerations and Errors of Fact

We say all this to emphasize that as the hype about Dec. 21, 2012 builds between now and the December Solstice, it’s important to remember that relying on information just posted by anyone on the 2012 Meme can be as reliable as–the Google, Bing and Yahoo search engines.  The images were populated by people who posted information and did so erroneously.  Then someone else came along, grabbed an image of the Mayan calendar, stuck it on their website, in a TV commercial or a magazine or newspaper story, and all of the sudden, the Aztecs were converted to Maya and a major historical distortion happened.

Which leads to an argument we’d like to continue some other time.  Some archeologists like to pose–that even though traditions and histories weren’t written down for hundreds of years–they were still preserved orally and “vary accurately.”  One certainly must wonder about the accuracy of oral stories shared for hundreds of years when the Internet has been around for 20 or so and with all our technology today, we can’t even keep the Mayan Calendar straight…..  Again, that’s a conversation for another day.

The Madrid Codex

Now for the REAL Maya Calendar–Check out the Madrid Codex, which certainly isn’t as colorful, sexy or some would say as “pretty” as the Aztec Calendar Stone.  This is an actual drawing done by a Maya artist.  Dr. Van Stone says comparing the two calendars is like “portraying the Colosseum when talking about Classical Athens.”  Different countries.  Different times.  Different everything.

Google Madrid Codex Image Search Results

 The Mayan Calendar Wheel

We also wanted to point out this representation that’s out in circulation as well.  It’s often called the Mayan Calendar Wheel.  Problem is?  The Maya didn’t have the wheel.  Now maybe they used it on kid’s toys and not with beasts of burden to transport rocks and trees and the like, but one also has to stop and think.  Is it ethically right to demonstrate the concept of their calendar using this, when they didn’t employ such technology and certainly never drew it out to work like this.

The Maya Calendar Wheel--When they didn't have the wheel Such are the discussions we’re having internally as we seek to deliver the first Interactive Book for the iPad on Dr. Mark Van Stone’s incredibly insightful book on the 2012 Meme.

What do you think?  Is it poor science to use the diagram to the left to portray something they could not have done circa 800 AD in Mesoamerica?









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2012 : What’s Really Likely To Happen–Dr. Mark Van Stone Talks to TWE

Click the Link to Play the Audio File ==>:  Dr. Mark Van Stone On What’s Going To Happen in 2012

The Dec. 21, 2012 Doomsday predictions can be pretty scary if one believes everything heard without giving it any real thought or researching the specifics of 2012 prophecy associated with the Maya.  Many have predicted the end of the world in 2012 and used the Mayan calendar and things like the “unusual” galactic alignment etc. to make far-fetched predictions about when will the world end. But the evidence that actually exists point to dramatically different conclusions than those who have been given megaphones on TV shows like Ancient Aliens on the History Channel 2.

From an excerpt in his book, 2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya, Dr. Mark Van Stone, quotes four typical predictions for events that could happen in the year 2012 based on interpretations of many scholars and amateur archeologists.  Those often include:

 “An imminent polar reversal that will wipe our hard drives clean.” — Daniel Pinchbeck

“The rare celestial alignment of our solar system, our sun, and our planet with the center of our galaxy—an event that will not happen again for another 26,000 years.” –Gregg Braden

The “dawning of a Wisdom Age … standing on the shoulders of the Information Age.” –Peter Russell

 “The December 21, 2012, date will likely be a “nonevent” similar to … the widely anticipated Y2K phenomenon.” — Robert K. Sitler

But the reality is, when the morning of Dec. 22, 2012 arrives, unless something truly bizarre happens, most of us still will be here. At most, ancient Maya writings say that the god, Bolon Yokte, is going to appear in person and yes, as Dr. Van Stone says, “put on a costume.”

Why is there so much speculation about planets aligning, magnetic poles of the Earth reversing, high numbers of solar flares from the sun affecting the communications on the planet, etc., etc. etc.  And Lord, let’s not forget the guys on Ancient Aliens.

2012: Science and Prophecy of The Ancient Maya

We’ve partnered with Dr. Van Stone to do some very special and amazing things with his book in the coming months, but for now, we are honored to share with you this audio recording with him talking about some of the predicted things that will happen in 2012.

This is just the beginning in a series of recordings with Dr. Van Stone.

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