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

2012 and the End of the World

The Western Roots of the Maya Apocalypse


Published: 16th January 2011
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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.

Introduction: You Really Can Survive
Chapter 1: The History of the End of the World: The Maya Prediction
Chapter 2: They Deserve Better: The Maya Evidence
Chapter 3: God Is Angry: The Millenarian Mother Lode
Chapter 4: The Moctezuma Factor: The End of the World Comes to Mexico
Chapter 5: Apocalypto: The Millennium Comes to the Maya
Chapter 6: We Are Almost There: Why People Believe
Sources and Suggestions for Further Reading

ISBN: 9781442206113
ISBN-10: 144220611X
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 16th January 2011
Publisher: University Press of America