I had the ambition earlier this year to say something even if pithy about the Mayan Doomsday prediction scheduled by most Mayan Calendars to occur on December 21st. However, given it’s importance in my ‘things to do’ list, it never happened. I just never had the urge to research actual Mayan historical data and then compare to what is known phenomenologically (the physics of the matter).
What I have gotten is this; most Mayan traditions have it that something significant is going to happen on December 21st, 2012. The Coba Mayans however apparently had a different calendar so December 21st 2012 was of no significance to them.
End of days is a recurrent theme in most religions and amongst all prophets and naysayers. So Jim and I, to make the best of the situation have decided that for our 30th anniversary we are going on the Not the End of the World Cruise aboard Norwegian cruise lines. It’s a true Geek affair arranged by a consortium of scientists and authors with lectures, workshops and yes – a masquerade ball. The highlight of the trip will be a visit to the Coba Mayan Ruins in Quintana Roo, Mexico. It’s located about 90 km east of Chichen Itza and about half that far northwest of the Tulum site. It’s the Tulum and Chichen Itza Mayans that really believe the 21st to be significant. According to our itinerary, we’ll be near – not really at epicenter should whatever ‘end of days’ scenario plays out. It does look as if we’ll read Mayan glyphs and move around a courtyard where prisoner heads were used soccer ball style in games. I personally plan to take pictures of this whole zen affair to bring back to my clan after the 21st!
Check it all out at: Not the end of the World Cruise.
And on a final note, given our busy traveling itinerary to Mexico and afterwards Florida, there’s likely to be no new posts after this one until I return in January 2013…..