Hollywood milks Mayan Armageddon


Global warming, Mid-East nukes and economic distress? No worries! It’s only the end of the world as we know it, in Roland Emmerich’s third disaster movie. This time, it gets spiritual

BY SOUL’S CODE — When Spanish adventurers, centuries after the Conquest, stumbled upon Mayan ruins in the jungles of present-day Mexico, they surmised that the monuments were created by Mediterranean transplants — survivors of Noah’s flood, or perhaps trans-Atlantic commuters who sailed between ancient Egypt or Rome and meso-America.

When archeologists completed the decryption of Mayan hieroglyphs after World War II, they proved beyond a doubt that the lost civilization was indigenous, and that the region’s Indian tribes were its descendants.

The Mayan mystique was born: their biggest pyramids are essentially giant sundials and calendars. The inscriptions accurately forecast solar eclipses to this day, and document the orbits of Mercury, Mars and Venus.

Where Mayan cosmology parts ways with the West: their date of creation is 3114 B.C. And they calculated that the world will end on December 23, 2012.

But this point of departure with modern science is precisely where Hollywood, in the name of director Roland Emmerich and romantic-comedy star, John Cusack, pick up the thread. And so does the New Age community.

There are entire websites and  conferences devoted to the Mayan 2012 apocalyptic phenomenon. Some of the extreme believers throw Bush, the 2008 financial crisis and healthcare into the pain-body mix.

As for Emmerich’s formula Christmas-release flick, it was ridiculed in the mainstream press as over-the-top-apocalyptico weeks before its Friday, November 13, 2009 release.

In contrast to the mainstream media, New Age sites are generally  laudatory toward the special-effects blockbuster, partly because of the attention it’s refracting to an otherwise neglected issue.

The occult, UFO’s, Erich von Däniken and the ruminations of Edgar Cayce have always rushed to fill a void in the American psyche, borne of a spiritual ferment in our post-nuclear time.

What else would explain this Wired, Twittering, Blackberry moment of ours buying into such ancient and unscientific prophecies as horoscopes and 2012? Let alone Hollywood jumping onto the bandwagon with a deca-million-dollar marketing machine?

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5 Responses to “Hollywood milks Mayan Armageddon”

  1. Actually, there is much more to the disasters and catastrophes expected to be coming than the Mayan calendar, Cayce and Nostradamus predictions. For some reason, the mainstream media has latched onto those. There are scientific predictions of some really unnatural events coming. Not just for this December 21, 2012 thing. There are those in the science community that believe disasters will begin as early as 2010-2011. Dig deeper than the hyper-surface about 2012.

  2. if the world ends i will be scared because you could die. so i don’t want to die, so maybe i might die.

  3. The increasing swell of interest in doomsday predictions seems to me to be a reflection of our own inner dynamic. It seems to represent our combined psyche’s awareness of coming transformation. And transformation always has to involve the symbolic collapse of the old framework, whatever that might be. In dream therapy, dreams of dread, of fear of terrible events, represent an approaching shift in self, a new level of being approaching. If this world is a larger scale version of our individual dream state, then the more people who are affected by these fears the more we are all preparing for a shift into a new level of Being. So, bravo to the movie makers who jump on board the doomsday bandwagon. But bravo too, to those who see it for what it really is, a readying for a shift of planetary consciousness. Does that mean distaster has to occur? No, just as our nightmares rarely manifest in the outer world. They are just symbolic. Pay attention to the symbols. Work with them, so the transition to the new is as painless as possible.

  4. What I don’t like about 2012 is the fear propaganda machine that has vividly emerged.

    2012 is not the end of the world, it is the end of an age…. an energetic age. That is exciting! We should be throwing parties in the streets not hording food and supplies!

    The comforting thought that warms me… it is the end of the fear machine, but the one thing I am sure of… it won’t go down without a fight! My spiritual sleeves are rolled up and ready to….. send love and hope!!


  5. One of the unhealthy-ego’s favorite ploys for distracting our awareness is to keep us focused on some ‘future’ event. In that way, we can remain in preparedness, for the best or the worst, it doesn’t really matter, for when we are preparing for change, the unhealthy-ego has us just where it wants us, already getting ready, already getting ready, but never quite ready enough… can you see the trap?