The 2012 Story: The Myths, Fallacies, and Truth Behind the Most Intriguing Date in History

The 2012 Story: The Myths, Fallacies, and Truth Behind the Most Intriguing Date in History

by John Major Jenkins
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The 2012 Story: The Myths, Fallacies, and Truth Behind the Most Intriguing Date in History by John Major Jenkins

On December 21, 2012, the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, a 5,125-year cycle calendar system pioneered by the Maya, will come to an end. At the same time, the earth, the sun, and the center of the galaxy will come together in an extremely rare cosmic alignment. More and more people believe that the world as we know it will experience a transformation in 2012, but few are aware of the complete history or significance of the date. John Major Jenkins, among the most authoritative voices of the 2012 movement, has written a definitive explanation of one of the most thought-provoking phenomena of our time. Drawing from his own groundbreaking research (including his involvement in the modern reconstruction of Mayan 2012 cosmology) and more than two decades of extensive study of Mayan culture, Jenkins has created the crucial guide to understanding the story of 2012—an essential overview of the history, theory, cultures, and personalities that have brought this extraordinary idea into modern awareness. Jenkins provides illuminating answers to some of the most-asked questions about 2012, including:
- How did the early Maya devise the calendar that gives us the cycle ending in 2012, and how does it work?
- How did the calendar come to be rediscovered and reconstructed in our era?
- What controversies and intrigues surround the topic, and what do scholars and researchers have to say about them?
- How can we cut through all the noise about 2012 and gain true wisdom from the Mayan teachings about this moment?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101148822
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/15/2009
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 496
File size: 7 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John Major Jenkins is a pioneer of the 2012 movement. The author of nine previous books on the subject, he is credited with helping introduce the topic into the spiritual culture and was the first to voice the concept that 2012 coincides with a galactic alignment of earth, the sun, and the center of the galaxy. Jenkins has taught classes at the Institute of Maya Studies in Miami, the Maya Calendar Congress in Mexico, the Esalen Institute, Naropa University, and many other venues both nationally and abroad. His work has been widely discussed on national radio and television.

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The 2012 Story: The Myths, Fallacies, and Truth Behind the Most Intriguing Date in History 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
DianeT More than 1 year ago
Anyone wanting to know the truth of this date should buy this book. This book consists of three main parts: Why the Maya chose 2012, a review of peers and their books on the Maya, and introspection on what this date could and could not mean. It is technical in the beginning. Explaining why the Maya chose to end their calendar on 12.21.12 is a complex topic. The rest is great. Peers are reviewed and it ends brilliantly. I have read many books on this date, John Major Jenkins seems to be one of very few people out there not selling fear or a product AND providing you with valid verifyable information. Isn't that what books are supposed to do?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So the world was going to end in 2012. Its now 2016. I'm still here. How'd those prophesies work out for you?
GrlPower More than 1 year ago
I was very excited to read this book and was so disappointed that I thought I should write my first ever review! The authors spends almost every chapter talking about how his views were correct and everyone else was wrong and how he was not cited by other authors who happened to form the same conclusions as him. Half the time I forgot what I was reading and the other half I spent combing through the chapters looking for pertinent data on the subject of the Mayan Calendar which I found very little. If you are looking to research this field I would stay away from this book because all you will learn is that the author has too much to say about the opinion of everyone else and very little data on the 2012 subject.
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Besides this book, I've read his Maya Cosmogenesis 2012 and his website "". His diagrams are right about the position of the Winter Solstice Sun (most importantly, in the years 1980, 1998, 2012, 2016, and 2018). One of his themes is that his critics misunderstand his work. However, I wonder whether he recognizes his own inconsistencies and reliance upon crudely drawn diagrams of the Milky Way? (e.g., on pp. 142 of 2012 Story, and on his website.) He could clear up much of the misunderstanding by presenting two good photos of the Milky Way. First Photo: The center of the Milky Way, identifying the segment of the Ecliptic that corresponds to the era of the Galactic alignment, and giving approximate endpoints. Each endpoint should be labeled with the approximate year when the Winter Solstice Sun will be there. Jenkins needs to show this photo because for years he's muddied the waters by defining the Galactic alignment with reference to the Galactic equator, then dismissing the Equator as an extraneous, irrelevant, and misleading reference. He does both in this book. Using the Equator, he obtains a "good scientific calculation of the alignment" as occurring in 1998 (pp. 142-143). He then expands this alignment to an "era of 2012" that lasts from 1980 to 2016. (pp. 145-146). When he dismisses alignment with the Equator as the definition, he turns to alignment with the rather diffuse Dark Rift. On that basis he gets an era that he describes only as "the years around 2012" (pp. 140-141). Second Photo: A high-resolution shot showing the position of the 2012 Solstice Sun. For comparison, this photo should show the Solstice Suns for the years 1950 to 2050, at 20-year intervals. Like the first photo, this one should take no more than an hour's work. (I've done all this work myself.) This photo is necessary because Jenkins has repeatedly made assertions like the following: "The 13-baktun cycle end-date of the Long-Count calendar [December 21, 2012] pinpoints a rare astronomical alignment determined by the precession of the equinoxes. The alignment occurs when the December solstice sun conjuncts the crossing point of the Milky Way and the ecliptic in Sagittarius." (Maya Cosmogenesis, p. 106)" Now, in 2012 Story, p. 143, Jenkins tells us that "If you embrace the fallacious assumption that the Maya end date is supposed to pinpoint an event that is hardwired into the structure of the Universe, or into the fractal math of time, misleading conclusions are likely to follow." Jenkins shouldn't expect us to figure out whether he's really contradicting himself, nor should he expect us to figure out what, if anything, he finds "unique" and "rare" about the position of the 2012 Winter Solstice Sun. Instead, he owes his readers and his critics the recommended photo, with the "rare" aspects of 2012 clearly identified. SUMMARY Even mainline scholars acknowledge the contributions he's made to Mesoamerican archaeoastronomy. However, he's in danger of going down in history as a paranoid crank who blamed his detractors for misunderstandings that resulted from his persistent incoherence. He can avoid that fate by presenting the recommended photos.
Carlos1977 More than 1 year ago
I consider this book a good overall exposition of the 2012 phenomena that have recently caught the attention of the media (especially after the big Hollywood movie). But, most of the facts stated in the book can be found on a quick "Google" search. I don't recommend spending 20 dollars if all what you are looking for is a general knowledge of what 2012 is. If you are looking to an interpretation of what 2012 could means, then I think you would enjoy what the author have to say (apologetically at times).
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kaavar More than 1 year ago
while I understand that this book was to educate on the mayan calendar, It was extremely DRY in its content. Dry facts, scientific results, and the like. consider this a book to be used in universities for an assignement / paper and not casual reading.