December 16, 2018

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–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

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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–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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