February 17, 2019

Maya Myth Moment–Who Were The Maya

Maya Myth Moment–Who Were The Maya

Today’s Maya Myth Moment includes Dr. Mark Van Stone and a video excerpt from 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya from our book for iPad.

In this video, Dr. Van Stone discusses who the Maya really were.  Some of the issues they faced, and how we’ve projected upon them things from our modern day perspective they couldn’t have possibly known about more than 1,000 years ago.

As we continue to countdown to Dec. 21, 2012, check out our book for iPad on the Maya.  Visit MVS2012.com for more information. You will five 53 videos, including this one, where Dr. Van Stone and 14 other Maya scholars serve to educate the public about who these people really were and to dispel much of the nonsense that has been generated around them.

Maya Myth Moment–The Making of the 2012 Meme

Maya Myth Moment–The Making of the 2012 Meme

So how did all this talk of a disaster on Dec. 21, 2012 even begin?  Today we turn to University of Kansas Professor Dr. John Hoopes, who previously traced the origins back to Christopher Columbusdiscovery of the New World, talks about the academic process and how early assumptions and interpretations were made “without all the data” and once more information was gathered, the previous assumptions were discarded by scientists, but latched onto by junk scientists and basically the whole of the Internet.

Is there anything we can learn from all this as we continue to explore the jungles of Mesoamericalooking for new information?  Have scientists done a better job over the last few decades of waiting to release interpretations of the finds?

Columbus Before the Queen.

Columbus Before the Queen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We’re three days away from Dec. 21, 2012.  If you want to learn more about who the Maya really were, we encourage you to follow the link to MVS2012.com and check out Dr. Mark Van Stone’s book for iPad, 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya.  It’s full of 53 videos from 15 Maya scholars, hundreds of interactive photos, drawings and illustrations, and even some amazing 3D Maya masks.  Use this whole 2012 Meme as a teachable moment, whether for yourself, your children, class, or co-workers.

As we talked with the scholars who are in our book, almost all of them expressed a hope that because of the attention of Dec. 21, 2012, on the Maya, there will be a whole new generation inspired to study this amazing group of people who once had a mighty civilization here in the New World long before its discovery from European travelers.


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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–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–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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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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Maya Myth Moment–The End of Times 2012 11:11 a.m. UTC Dec 21

Maya Myth Moment–The End of Times 2012 11:11 a.m. UTC Dec 21

According to some predictions, the Dec. 21, 2012 end of times is slated for 11:11 a.m. UTC.  Or about 6:11 a.m. on the East Coast of the United States.

We talked earlier in the year with a man who swore on whatever data he’d assembled that death was due to come at noon on Dec. 21.  Out of concern for upsetting him, we didn’t ask which time zone he meant. At one point we just assumed that as it struck noon around each time zone, people would just fall out.  It’s been that kind of a year dealing with some of the nonsense that’s come about.

From our discussions and work with Dr. Mark Van Stone, who has published as a book for iPad–2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya, there is nothing in Maya prophecy that establishes a time for our passing.  And if you really think about it, if there was such an ending predicted by the Maya, there’s not, it would most likely be the Central time zone, which closely mirrors those in Mesoamerica. But we digress.

Another Maya Myth debunked!


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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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Maya Myth Moment–New Age Consciousness 2012

Maya Myth Moment–New Age Consciousness 2012

Today’s Maya Myth Moment centers on the New Age consciousness expected to arrive globally on Dec. 21, 2012.

The Bliss Out–Peace on Earth.

Dr. Anthony Aveni, in Dr. Mark Van Stone’s 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya refers to it as a “bliss out.”

But the problem with putting much stock in the New Age teachings is they’ve only been around for about 30-40 years.  They can’t be traced back to the ancient Maya, and often, that’s the attempt that’s made.

Watch today’s video below.  After that, we’ve added a special bonus from Dr. Van Stone’s book for iPad–the video of Dr. John Hoopes from the University of Kansas, tracing the whole 2012 meme back to Christopher Columbus‘ discovery of the New World.

Want more information on this amazing subject?  Sign up for the remaining 29 installments of the Maya Myth Moment, or go to the iBookstore and get a copy of Dr. Van Stone’s amazing book.

Dr. John Hoopes–from 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya book for iPad

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Maya Myth Moment–The Aztec Calendar Stone Is Not The Maya Calendar

Welcome to the first Maya Myth Moment. This first installment deals with the Aztec Calendar Stone, which we’ve highlighted here on TheWondersExpedition.com before.

But as we begin these next 30 days of Maya Myth debunking, we thought it was important to revisit this subject once more because as we get closer and closer to Dec. 21, 2012, you just know some TV producer extraordinaire is going to snag an image of the Aztec Calendar Stone off the Internet and toss it into a story about the Maya Calendar.

Original Aztec Stone of the Sun on display in ...

Original Aztec Stone of the Sun on display in the museum. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Aztec Calendar Stone came along almost 500 years after the demise of the Maya. In fact, the Maya never even saw it.

There are five creations featured in the Aztec Calendar Stone.  The Maya only believed in four creations; we are in the fourth and they don’t call for a fifth.

So if you see a news story, read a blog post, or see a book or magazine promoting its knowledge about the Maya and what they predicted as it relates to Dec. 21, 2012 and you see a photo of the Aztec Calendar Stone, we urge you caution in believing anything else you hear from the source.  Because for starters, they’ve got that part wrong and there’s no telling what else is also in err…..

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