Mayan Prophecies 2012: The Message and the Vision
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Mayan Prophecies 2012: The Message and the Vision

by Gerald Benedict
     
 

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According to the Mayan prophecies, the world will end on December 21, 2012. Should we take this literally, or will we instead see the dawn of a new golden age for humankind? This book offers illuminating insights into the Mayans’ worldview and their end-time prophecies for this life-changing year.

For centuries wise men of the Mayan civilization of Central

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According to the Mayan prophecies, the world will end on December 21, 2012. Should we take this literally, or will we instead see the dawn of a new golden age for humankind? This book offers illuminating insights into the Mayans’ worldview and their end-time prophecies for this life-changing year.

For centuries wise men of the Mayan civilization of Central America devoted themselves to predicting the movements of celestial bodies and amassing a body of revelations about the future. At the winter solstice in 2012, their prophecies will come into sharp focus: this is when, according to the chilam (time-keeper priests), the current epoch of cosmic time will come to an end. One way to interpret this is in terms of a looming apocalypse; but a more thoughtful way is to look at human thinking and behavior and consider how they can be revolutionized to usher in a new and more balanced way of living.

The Mayan Prophecies presents twenty-one predictions based on original Mayan texts, each fully explained and beautifully illustrated with specially commissioned art by Lasse Skarbovik. From the prophecy of energy release at the 26,000-year galactic synchronization climax to the possibility that humankind itself may be the living prophecy of which all the prophecies speak, the urgent message is one not of cataclysm but of challenge.

The book’s starting-point is a detailed introduction to the science, belief, ritual, and culture of the Mayan people. Their astronomical and mathematical understanding was highly advanced: we learn how they saw their own time and the time to come. This book takes us right to the heart of the Mayan worldview and shows how it can serve us as the foundation for a new way of thinking about our planet, our survival, and our well-being.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781435138933
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
02/06/2012
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author

GERALD BENEDICT graduated in Divinity from the University of London, and has a postgraduate diploma from the School of Ecumenical Studies, University of Geneva, and a Ph.D. from the Open University. His main academic interest is comparative religious philosophy, and after teaching religious studies and philosophy in colleges and universities in Britain, he moved to France. He is the author of The Watkins Dictionary of Religions and Secular Faiths, and has won awards for a novel, several short stories, and a radio drama for the BBC World Service.

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