The End of the World? It’s About Distortion of Mayan Culture For the Epic Theme
By: Shota Fuse
Humankind will supposedly face the apocalypse on December 21, 2012, which is based on the end date of the 5,125-year-long Mayan Calendar. We do not know what is going to happen on that day, but I know that people will become obsessed with Maya 2012 doomsday as it comes closer.
Luckily for business, our obsession about the end of the world gives them a last chance to make huge profits before the world truly ends or before it reaches 2013.
For example, you can buy the-end-of-the-world theme party goods to make your last day an unforgettable party. The theme appears in the recent movie called ” Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.” Surprisingly, some travel companies and hotels offer an end-of-the-world package that includes seeing Mayan heritages. You can even find more doomsday-themed products, films and events.
There is no doubt that 2012 is surely a usual year for business and people all over the country thanks to the event, but we may be too focused on the idea of the end of the world with a superficial understanding of the Mayan culture. Do they really predict the end of the world?
For Mayans, the calendar does not predict the end of the world. Discovery News reported that the 13th Mayan king, facing political turmoil, arbitrarily put the same number 13–December 21 2012–on the calendar to assure his people that his reign would overcome tough times and last for a long period. Therefore, the calendar functioned as means of promoting stability in the crisis.
If something happens on December 21st, it probably won’t be a catastrophic event. The AFP said that Felipe Gomez, who represents the top of the Maya alliance called Oxlaljuj Ajpop, issued a following statement
“There will be big changes on the personal, family and community level, so that there is harmony and balance between mankind and nature.”
So why do we have to be so obsessed with Doomsday? In the end, we might look for some themes that make 2012 remarkable on a global scale. To make matters worse, media, pop culture and for-profit organizations have just distorted the Mayan culture.
So how do the Mayan interpret the date, and broadly speaking, nature? The video below is a trailer of a documentary film about Mayans called “Heart of Sky and Heart of Earth.” This does not give you much information about the culture but introduces you to how important the idea of nature is for Mayans. I hope this sparks an interest.