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April 22, 2021

Maya Myth Moment–Where Did The Maya Go?

Maya Myth Moment–Where Did The Maya Go?

There has been so much written about the Maya and the 2012 prophecy. True Maya scholars, like the 15 we have worked with to put together Dr. Mark Van Stone’s 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya as a book for the iPad, are attempting to use this interest in focusing attention on who the true Maya peoplereally were, and even still are today.

2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya

2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya by Dr. Mark Van Stone.

Today’s Maya Myth Moment features a brief excerpt of Dr. Van Stone explaining what happened to the ancient Maya and really sets up a question we all should be asking ourselves–Are we making some of the same mistakes that led to the demise of the Maya?

We encourage you to check out Dr. Van Stone’s book for iPad.  It’s the only one like it in the world, filled with 53 informative videos from 15 Maya scholars. The book also includes more than 200 photos, diagrams and illustrations that help explain Maya writings, art and architecture.  And all for only $14.99.  Visit MVS2012.com for more information.


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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–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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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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TWE Teams With Renowned Mayanist Dr. Mark Van Stone To Publish ‘2012 Meme’ Interactive Book For The New iPad

TheWondersExpedition.com Turning ‘2012: Science and Prophecy of Ancient Maya’ Into First Of Its Kind Interactive Book For The New  iPad In iBooks Format

For Immediate Release                                               Contact: Donald J. Claxton

March. 7, 2012                                                                        972-863-8784

DALLAS:  Dallas-based, TheWondersExpedition.com, Wednesday announced that it is actively working to publish the works of world renowned Mayanist, Dr. Mark Van Stone, as one of the world’s first interactive books for the new iPad on the 2012 “world-ending prophecies” of the ancient Maya.

The book, “2012: The Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya,” is presently on the market in hardback, softcover, and e-Pub formats by Dr. Van Stone, a professor of Art History at Southwestern College, Chula Vista, California.  He recently was featured in the first two episodes of the History Channel’s Ancient Aliens and was the 2001 co-author of “Reading The Maya Glyphs” with noted professor, Dr. Michael D. Coe, who often is credited with beginning the 2012 meme in his 1966 book, The Maya.

The Wonders Expedition, founded by Donald J. Claxton of Dallas, says the new edition will expand the potential of the book through the technology of Apple’s iPad, and said that Wednesday’s announcement of the new iPad, will allow them to produce even more and incredible versions.

“Dr. Van Stone is a leader among Mayanists and has been able to decipher what the Maya were sharing in glyphs on their temples and monuments throughout MesoAmerica,” Claxton continued.  “What we’re working with him to produce is a virtual learning, travel and adventure, edutainment experience in your lap where anyone on an iPad can open up his book and interact with it in a way no one could have dreamed possible just a few months ago.”

Claxton said Van Stone’s book will help anyone who is concerned about the wild predictions of end of times coming on Dec. 21, 2012.

“The real Maya are much more interesting than mere prophets of doom.  I wrote this book to help ease concerns about what might happen on the December Solstice 2012 because there is a lot of inaccurate and false information about the subject out there,” said Dr. Van Stone.  “Taking the book into an interactive format means those of all ages will be able to take a closer look at the actual evidence and make informed decisions about what may or may not happen, on their own.”

Wednesday’s release of the new iPad by Apple also means that higher resolution graphics, animations and video will be possible for the 2012 book and others in the works.

“The release of the new iPad will expand the potential of taking scholarly works like Dr. Van Stone’s book on 2012 and adding interactive features to them like video, interactive charts and graphs, and audio so that the book can be used by anyone, anywhere, who has an iPad,” Claxton said.  “We see this as a fun, exciting new way to teach children of all ages about current event topics like 2012, and then to help take them on virtual tours around the world.”

The Wonders Expedition also is working with potential vendors to ensure that interactive books also will become available on other tablets on the market.

Claxton said his organization, made up of writers, editors, graphic artists, and Web designers from around the country, also are working to produce the first interactive tour books of Stonehenge, Chaco Canyon in New Mexico, The Colosseum in Rome, The Great Wall of China and Machu Picchu in Peru.

The Wonders Expedition seeks to have Dr. Van Stone’s book available for inclusion in the iTunes Store in mid-summer of 2012.

Copies of Dr. Van Stone’s books can be found for purchase on his Website, MarkVanStone.com

The Wonders Expedition™

Founded by Dallas public relations veteran, Donald Claxton, The Wonders Expedition™ is designed to explore and unlock the mysteries of the world via virtual and real-life experiences to the most historically significant places on Earth.  Through its Website and interactive books, the organization seeks to transport anyone at any age to historic sites they may never physically visit and give them such a vivid experience, they’ll feel like they were there, and hopefully, be inspired to go back in person.  Because of its focus as an early-adopter of technologies, TWE hopes to encourage students of all ages to study in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.




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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO of an Ancient Aliens Guest About 2012 and The Maya

The Season Four premiere of  Ancient Aliens on H2, began a few weeks ago with two shows about the 2012 meme and the alleged catastrophic predictions of the Maya and somehow, how ancient aliens were involved.  One of the guest scholars of those two episodes, Dr. Mark Van Stone on Twitter, (@MayaTruth) has provided The Wonders Expedition with an exclusive video interview we’ve entitled:  What Ancient Aliens Left Out.

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Dr. Van Stone is one of the world’s most recognized Mayanists and the author of the book, 2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya.  It’s a great read and we encourage you to check it out, along with his Website.  He’s fun to talk with, doesn’t have a bad sun tan and Einstein hair, and most importantly of all, thinks that the presumption that the work of ancient humans being done instead by aliens is “racism against humanity.”

We are excited to bring you this exclusive interview and will be providing additional interviews as we go along, hopefully with other recognized scholars on 2012.  We’d like to talk with Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, Erich Von Daniken or David Childress, too, just to give them a fair shot. 


As the season premier began in mid-February, we began to tweet about some of the things we were seeing wrong in the show and wound up having a similar conversation with Dr. Van Stone, whom you will see is very colorful and friendly.  The more we talked, the more it became apparent that what he was saying needed to be shared with you.

As we’ve noted before, the Lord Pacal Sarcophogus cover, all decked out as a spaceship model is pretty cool.  The thing is, it just doesn’t have anything to do with reality.

Last Friday night’s show probably was the most appalling of all–the thought that Ancient Aliens, now not so ancient, were and possible are controlling the weather and natural events on our planet to affect the outcome of the human race.  Amazing.


The conversations with Dr. Van Stone have been very engaging and informative.  In fact, we’re proud to announce that on March 22, 2012, he will be available in a Webinar to talk more about the fantastic predictions about 2012 and Mayan culture and allow you to ask questions and interact with him like you cannot when he and others are in a TV show.  For this first show, we’re offering a discounted rate of $7.99 and it will begin at 6 p.m. PST (9 EST/8 CST) in the United States.  Sign up today, we are going to limit the size of the first Webinar so we don’t want you to miss out.



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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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