Doomsday 2012: The Maya Calendar and the History of the End of the World [NOOK Book]

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On December 21, 2012 the world comes to an end according to proponents of the Maya Calendar doomsday club. The blockbuster 2008 movie “2012” showed chaos and destruction of these end times. Predictions include a god coming to Earth, a magnetic polar reversal, the heating of the earth, widespread catastrophe, and utter destruction.
 
The Maya calendar started on August 11, 3114 BCE (corresponding date in the proleptic Gregorian calendar) ...
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Doomsday 2012: The Maya Calendar and the History of the End of the World

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Overview

On December 21, 2012 the world comes to an end according to proponents of the Maya Calendar doomsday club. The blockbuster 2008 movie “2012” showed chaos and destruction of these end times. Predictions include a god coming to Earth, a magnetic polar reversal, the heating of the earth, widespread catastrophe, and utter destruction.
 
The Maya calendar started on August 11, 3114 BCE (corresponding date in the proleptic Gregorian calendar) and will end on December 21 2012. Will it be Armageddon or just another day? The believers are making survival preparations and turning to religious leaders for guidance and solace. Follow National Geographic through the maze of doomsday prophets, cult leaders, and international and historic end times teachings to understand the science behind the Maya calendar and the phenomenon of Armageddon predictions.
 
Scientists and historians know that end-of-days thinking has occurred throughout time around the world. Norse mythology predicted the world would be submerged in water; ancient Greeks believed that Zeus’s defeat by his son would be the grand finale. In  A.D. 79, Romans thought Mount Vesuvius’s eruption in Pompeii was the start of the apocalypse. Jewish, Christian, and Islamic texts all include some writing about end times. The year 1666—feared by many Christians—proved itself to be the year of the Beast when the Great Fire of London visited God’s wrath (as widely believed) on the British. Hailey’s Comet drove Europeans and Americans into apocalyptic fits in 1910.
 
Individual charismatic figures have led thousands in unfulfilled Armageddon watches. For example, in 1843, spiritual leader William Miller’s doomsday prediction failed (The Great Disappointment), but led followers to establish the Seventh Day Adventists. The Jehovah’s Witnesses awaited the world’s end in 1914. Preacher Jim Jones led hundreds of cult members to commit suicide in Ghana in the 1970s. Pat Robertson was certain Jesus was returning for the Rapture in the 1980s. The leader of the cult Heaven’s Gate convinced 39 followers to commit suicide to escape imminent destruction in 1997. And there’s no sign of a slow down. In fact, the Internet has spawned a plethora of doomsday cult leaders, from Y2K hysterics to the most recent religious figure Harold Camping, whose rapture predictions of 2011 left his followers earth-bound.

National Geographic debunks the myth and illuminates the fascinating realities of the Maya calendar, the 2012 phenomenon, and Armageddon prophecies through the ages.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426210068
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 7/3/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 47
  • Sales rank: 1,119,879
  • File size: 6 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    2013 (still alive) is maya burning up yet

    Lies!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    Hmmmm

    Or are we alive......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    It never happened:

    We're still here!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!

    I feel so scared now that i read what this book is about. Even when we are so far away from December 21, I am already shaking. HELP!!!!!

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