December 12, 2017

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 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–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–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–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 Xultun Discoveries Fascinating–Prove Once Again No 2012 Doomsday Predicted

The announced discoveries from Xultun in Guatemala prove something that’s not new–archaeologists have been saying there is no evidence to predict a doomsday on Dec. 21, 2012 from Maya ruins. But the beauty of the discovery, their age and their very findings, are amazing and beautiful to review, to think about, and now, for scholars, to spend several years analyzing.

New York Times Photo and Article Reference

Our colleague, Dr. Mark Van Stone, has often repeated to us, even in video accounts on this site, that we still have only found a small, small percentage of the ruins in Mesoamerica and have yet to really unravel many of the mysteries that remain about them.

The discovery of the Maya ruins in Xultun prove this point once again.  Indeed, some of the articles we’ve ready help further emphasize this important point.  There is still so much we do not yet know about the Maya.

Xultun

We talked with Dr. Van Stone yesterday while he’s at the Archaeology Channel’s annual film festival in Eugene, Oregon this weekend.  He was clearly excited about this new find and was still reviewing the details of the findings.

In interviews we recently conducted in Memphis at the Society for American Archaeology, we interviewed Dr. Anthony Aveni of Colgate, one of the four scholars highlighted in the Xultun find.  We now are in the process of churning that video out for inclusion in Dr. Van Stones soon-to-be-release Interactive Book for the iPad–2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya.

We congratulate Dr. Aveni, Dr. Bill Saturno, Dr. David Stuart, Franco Rossi, and most of all, Maxwell Chamberlain for their great discovery.

 

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Mayan King Pakal and His ‘Spacecraft’

I don’t know if you saw the season premier of Ancient Aliens Season 5 a week or so ago, but to his credit, Giorgio Tsoukalos had a guy from Lucas Films on displaying what appeared to be Mayan King Pakal in what Erich Von Daniken has long portrayed as a “spacecraft.”

The image is based on the sarcophagus cover of Pakal’s tomb in Palenque, Mexico and since the 1970s has been the red meat, smoking gun of the UFO fringe to support Ancient Astronaut Theories.  I even tweeted that night that Giorgio and the producers of Ancient Aliens deserved credit; the 3D model the Lucas Films designer made looked pretty darn cool–of course it did, he works for Lucas Films.

The problem is of course, it’s ridiculous when you place it in actual context to what’s on the cover of Pakal’s tomb.

The Ceiba Tree

The Ceiba Tree of South American origin is a pretty unique looking tree.  It also has been found in Southeast Asia, but it’s primary interest here is its use in Pre-Columbian MesoAmerican mythology where it was incorporated into beliefs associated with “The World Tree” and how it connected the heavens, the earth and the underworld all in one fell swoop.

Pakal's Sarcophagus

Just the root system of the tree is pretty amazing and curious.  But it’s branches tend to grow out  horizontally at 90 degree angles from the base of the trunk and in many an ancient drawing, etching, stone carving, sarcophagus cover, it’s pointing in the four cardinal directions of north, east, south and west.

Such is the case clearly depicted on Pakal’s tomb cover.

To the right, I’ve posted a colored drawing for your own assisted observations.

So what do we have here?  Well, in green, I’ve colored in what appears to be a rather large bird sitting atop the tree. In orange below is the actual Ceiba tree.  Notice the branches of the tree pointing out at 90 degree angles?

In red is clearly a two-headed snake, with a symmetrical head appearing on both end of the snake.

Apparently, this was a quite-often-featured type of snake and it usually signified the birth of some new form of something happening.

Moving on down is King Pakal, almost lying on his back.  It was this pose that Von Daniken made famous by showing similar photos of former US Astronaut John Glenn in a similar pose in a Mercury spacecraft of the 1960s.  By showing US Sen. Glenn as though he were in his Gemini spacecraft, Von Daniken was able to convince many a reader over the past four decades that surely Pakal must have been in a spacecraft, too, and that the Mayans were suggesting in this representation that their king was either an ancient alien or space traveler.  Indeed, in the Season 5 Ancient Aliens premier episode, Author David Childress proclaims Pakal as “The original rocket man.”

Good grief, Charlie Brown! And Snoopy could fight the Red Barron from atop his doghouse.

Below Pakal in the drawing to the right is the base of the Ceiba tree.  Von Daniken says the texture at the bottom of the tree is fire coming out of the engines of the spacecraft. The Lucas Film model maker actually put rocket cones on the model displayed in the TV show.

HOGWASH

It is just this sort of distortion that takes place in shows like Ancient Aliens that those none-the-wiser fall prey to.  Here at The Wonders Expedition, over the next few years, we are going to investigate hundreds of sites around the world and help the public by showing them nonsense like that depicted on Ancient Aliens is ridiculous and shameful.  It’s one thing to do things in a light-hearted manner in the guise of entertainment, but it’s also another to sit there in front of a camera like Childress, Daniken and Tsoukalos do and clearly misrepresent the truth.

Add this other thought, too: What ruler in present day society do you know, as well, who if they did have access to a spaceship, would be the one sitting at its controls?  Does President Obama fly Air Force One?  It’s just as nutty to think that King Pakal more than 1,000 years ago also would have been the one to fly an ancient spacecraft isn’t it?  I mean, seriously.  He was the king of his people. Wouldn’t an ancient ruler, if he had had access to such sophisticated travel also have been sophisticated enough to build in a space for him to ride as a passenger and not as the actual pilot?  Seriously?

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