February 17, 2019

Maya Myth Moment–The Accuracy of the Mayan Calendar

Maya Myth Moment–The Accuracy of the Mayan Calendar

On today’s installment of the Maya Myth Moment, written after what was supposed to be the end of our days–or we’re now in the Bliss Out if you’re a New Ager, Dr. Mark Van Stone talks about the accuracy of the Maya Calendar.  (Notice we say Maya, not Mayan. It’s Mayan in the headline only for SEO purposes.  Maya Calendar is actually the correct term….)

The REAL Maya Calendar

The REAL Maya Calendar

So was the Maya Calender more precise than the one we use today?  Were they better time keepers?  If so, would that add validity to their claims and prophecy? But what prophecy are you referring to?

The whole premise around today being a significant day to the Maya was that their calendar was going to reach today.  It’s going to roll over like the odometer in your car and keep on going, hopefully.  If we are dealt some end today, it’s not going to be because of something the Maya predicted or said or left behind.

Besides, if the world was going to end according to all the hubbub, it would have happened at 6:11 a.m. EST or 11:11 UTC this morning…. about three hours ago now and we’re all still here…..

We invite you to learn more about the Maya by checking our Dr. Van Stone’s book for iPad–2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya.  It has tons more information in it about these amazing and fascinating people.  You’ll really get a good education about those whole 2012 meme.

And please bookmark our site, TheWondersExpedition.com.  We’ve got some great new adventure information coming just around the corner……

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Maya Myth Moment–Only 1 Percent Known

Maya Myth Moment–Only 1 Percent Known

In today’s update, Dr. Mark Van Stone talks about how little we actually know about the ancient Maya–only 1 percent, but most estimates, is all we’ve yet uncovered.  And yet the Internet, modern folk lore, New Age beliefs and all have rushed in like water in a pit to fill us the space of what we don’t know with what isn’t even fact.

2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya now available for iPad at MVS2012.com.

And that goes to the problem associated with the whole 2012 Meme.  So little actually has survived the passage of time, and what has, reflects so little on the ending of the world tomorrow based on the assumption of the end of the Maya calendar. And it’s largely done without much fact at all, as we have worked to demonstrate over the past 30 days here on The Wonders Expedition.

We encourage you to keep studying the Maya after tomorrow’s calendar end.  They were a fascinating people.

In Dr. Van Stone’s book for iPad, 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya, you can continue to learn about who the real Maya were and help gain an understanding of how to read their writings, how to study their art and how to better know this amazing group of people who once reigned in Mesoamerica.

Please, come back to TheWondersExpedition.com. We’ve got some exciting adventures just around the corner now that we’ve all but finished this 2012 Meme. It’s time for some new adventures and we want to bring you along…..

In the meantime, please do check out our book for iPad we made with Dr. Van Stone by visiting MVS2012.com.

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Maya Myth Moment–The Maya Collapse

Main temple in Xunantunich, a maya site in Belize

Main temple in Xunantunich, a maya site in Belize (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Maya Myth Moment–The Maya Collapse

In today’s post and video, Dr. Jaime Awe, director of the Belize Institute of Archaeology, discusses one of the most heated theories in archaeology.

As we approach the last five days before Dec. 21, 2012, we want to get further away from the nonsense about what is going to happen and talk about some of the important things that actually did so that we as a society all can learn from this experience, not be frightened by it. Part of our additional concern is that because of all the hype that’s been generated about Dec. 21, 2012, people are going to thumb their noses at hearing the important messages here–that there also are some important lessons we should be learning from the Maya.

Watch Dr. Awe, and then go to MVS2012.c0m and check out our book for iPad. Dr. Awe, Dr. Mark Van Stone and 13 other Maya scholars from around the world are in our one-of-a-kind book for iPad that will help educate you, your children or anyone you may know still worried about the next five days that there is little to fear, and much to learn about a very incredibly developed and fascinating people whose civilization rose to great power and then collapsed into the jungles of Mesoamerica to largely be forgotten about over time.


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Maya Myth Moment–Cyclic Time

English: Mayan numerals 6 Deutsch: Maya-Zahl 6...

English: Mayan numerals 6 Deutsch: Maya-Zahl 6 Македонски: Мајански бројки 6 Plattdüütsch: Maya-Tall 6 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Maryland Senior Lecturer John B. Carlson is the feature of our Maya Myth Moment today as he discusses the knowledge the Maya had of the movement of the planets, the earth and cyclic time.  He also discusses the aspects of how much of the Maya knowledge we still have today and estimates of how much has been lost to the ages.

Part of the problem that’s stirred the Maya Meme is the fact that so much information IS missing.  And in the absence of such, that’s when the opportunity exists to fill in and make up information to fill in the gaps. That’s what leads to wild stories of doomsday predictions and bliss outs in just six more days….


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Maya Myth Moment–Yelling Fire In A Crowded Movie House

Maya Relief of Royal Blood Letting

Maya Relief of Royal Blood Letting (Photo credit: vintagedept)

Today’s Maya Myth Moment–Yelling Fire In A Crowded Movie House

Dr. John Hoopes from the University of Kansas is celebrating a birthday today, but he’s also the subject of our Maya Myth Moment and talking about what might happen on Dec. 21, 2012 because there is so much hype and anticipation that’s been built up about the upcoming day.

We have used these past days to help educate the public that there is little to fear in relation to the coming December Solstice as it relates to the ancient Maya.

Are your kids hearing you talk about the doomsday prophecies and in turn, scaring your kids about it?

What predictions are you making for the day? What preparations have you made?  Are you making any preparations?

Oh, and don’t forget to wish Dr. Hoopes a happy birthday!


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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–The Galactic Alignment Dec 21 2012

The Galactic Alignment December 21 2012

One of the favorite Maya Myth predictions seems to be the whole concept of an impending galactic alignment where the earth is going to cross the galactic plane and we’re all going to be sucked into this vortex and die.

The greatest problem with this prediction is that according to diagrams you will see in this video, the Earth is actually going to miss the center of the galaxy by about three degrees on Dec. 21, 2012.  Whoops!

All this is really enough to make one wonder how something like this even gets started. So many predictions have been projected upon the Maya. Yes, they were great mathematicians and even astronomers, but so much of what people are talking about these next 24 days never even entered into their consciousness.  Makes one wonder what people 1,000 years from now will be saying about us, doesn’t it?




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Maya Myth Moment–Pole Shift 2012


Maya Myth MomentPole Shift 2012

There are multiple versions of the Maya prophecy as they relate to 2012 and one of them is associated with an expected pole shift–a change in the Earth’s magnetic poles, somehow expected to come about on Dec. 21, 2012.

The problem is, like most of the things that have been tacked on to the Maya, there is nothing in Maya writings, glyphs, monuments, Dresden Codices, etc that talk about a change in the Earth’s poles.

Additionally, geologists will tell you that changes in the Earth’s polarity have and do happened, but they take a long time, like thousands of years, to make them happen.  They do not, and apparently have not, happened over night.  This is another example. We are in the midst of a pole shift. The thing is, none of us who are alive now will be alive when true north has become east or west once again.

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2012 By John Liptak–Cover features Aztec Calendar, Nothing to do with Maya

Our chuckle of the morning comes from the photo of this Half Priced Books mark down of John J. Liptak, Ed.D’s 2010 book entitled: 2012. 

2012 by John J. Liptak Ed. D. Features the AZTEC Calendar Stone, Nothing to do with the Ancient Maya

It’s about prepping for the “spiritual” changes that he says will take place on Dec. 21, 2012 and talks about the Maya Tree of Life and on and on and on.

But for starters, the cover features the AZTEC CALENDAR STONE!  Something the ancient Maya never saw, used or anything else.

So if Dr. Liptak’s book cover isn’t even right, makes you wonder about what’s inside it….  A brief review and we left it on the shelf.



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Building An Interactive Book on the iPad

We are in the process of converting Dr. Mark Van Stone’s 2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya book to an interactive book for the iPad with the intended date of release coming in June 2012.  It’s been a very involved process but one we are learning so much from.

Larisa Lovelady of Birmingham, first tackled the massive task of editing the copy of the book, looking for updates and ways to approach taking something that’s been produced in a traditional form and transferring it into something much more alive and different with interactive charts, graphs and 3D animations.  Shawn Hartley of Omaha did the first transferring of the copy once edited into the iBooks Author software.  Last weekend, CEO & Founder Donny Claxton and Photographer Jamaal Jackson went to Memphis for the 72nd Annual Society for American Archaeology meeting where video snippets were shot of 12 world-renowned Mayanists who will appear in the book, including Dr. Anthony Aveni of Colgate, Dr. John B. Carlson, the director of the Center for Archaeoastronomy, Dr. Susan Milbrath, curator of Latin American Art and Archaeology, in Gainesville, FL, and Dr. John Hoopes of the University of Kansas among others.

Sample draft page of 2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya

We now are neck-deep in doing the transfer layout, building the graphic animations and the compressing of nearly 11 hours of amazing insightful video down to hopefully about an hour’s worth to include in this one-of-a-kind new version of books.

This version of a book isn’t going to change how students around the world learn, it’s going to change the tools they use to learn.  And we  are so excited to be on the cusp of this incredibly big step.

Our hats are off to Dr. Van Stone and the other scholars we met with last weekend.  They get this.  While other scholars sat in sessions debating the future of archaeological publishing–basically a word document, a pdf and maybe some form of an e-Book reader, our scholars were sitting in front of our cameras giving perspectives generations will be able to read about and view for generations to come about the 2012 Meme.


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