2012: Will myths of world’s end ever end?

Now that the much-anticipated year 2012 is here, the predictions and myths will come alive soon with the web world trying to revive the memories of last year. The most-cited Mayan calendar apparently ends on Dec 21, 2012 coinciding with the winter solstice.

Fortunately, the prediction of an imminent end last year by California-based evangelist Harold Camping that the world would end on May 21, 2011 proved wrong. This has given hope that this year’s prediction based on Mayan calendar too would be wrong.

The myth started with the Tortuguero monument located in Southern Mexico, where some archeologists tried to read or misread the monument and even the Mayan communicty scholars have clarified that they misread it. The cylindrical Mayan calendar keeping track of the days since the beginning of the Mayan era called “Long Count calendar” abruptly ends on December 21, 2012, which has given scope to the myth that the world would end.

Apart from this, another myth said galactic forces or aliens from the space would invade Earth and destroy the civilization. But this was not directly related to the year 2012 though some went as far as clubbing it to the Mayan calendar’s prediction and arguing that this was the course of destruction ahead this year.

For that matter, even Hindus believe that the end of Yug or calendar would come one day though it was not specific. the current Kaliyug was supposed to end but predictions of its end were still not clear and no falling stars nor any devastations were witnessed so far.

In Japan too, 2012 was supposed to be the year of Big Quake but many believe that the March 11, 2011 earthquake was the one which came as predicted.

Though it is interesting to see the predictions making waves, 2012 cannot miss the news value until Jan. 1, 2013.

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