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2012 and the End of the World : The Western Roots of the Maya Apocalypse

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ISBN13:

9781442206090

ISBN10:
1442206098
Format:
Hardcover
Pub. Date:
1/16/2011
Publisher(s):
Natl Book Network

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Summary

Did the Maya really predict that the world would end in December of 2012? If not, how and why has 2012 millenarianism gained such popular appeal? In this deeply knowledgeable book, two leading historians of the Maya answer these questions in a succinct, readable, and accessible style. Matthew Restall and Amara Solari introduce, explain, and ultimately demystify the 2012 phenomenon. They begin by briefly examining the evidence for the prediction of the world's end in ancient Maya texts and images, analyzing precisely what Maya priests did and did not prophesize. The authors then convincingly show how 2012 millenarianism has roots far in time and place from Maya cultural traditions, but in those of medieval and Early Modern Western Europe. Revelatory any myth-busting, while remaining firmly grounded in historical fact, this fascinating book will be essential reading as the countdown to December 21, 2012, begins.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. ix
Introduction: You Really Can Survivep. 1
The History of the End of the World: The Maya Predictionp. 7
They Deserve Better: The Maya Evidencep. 27
God Is Angry: The Millenarian Mother Lodep. 49
The Moctezuma Factor: The End of the World Comes to Mexicop. 67
Apocalyto: The Millennium Comes to the Mayap. 91
We Are Almost There: Why People Believep. 113
Sources and Suggestions for Further Readingp. 133
Indexp. 141
About the Authorsp. 147
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