Facts Why The Mayan Exhibition Denied The Apocalypse Myth

by Frank D. Gardner

The World's End - The Mayans' Prediction

In case the world will come to an end on December 21, 2012 as believed by some to have been a Mayan prediction, there is sufficient time to see an exhibit regarding the ancient civilization, its culture and complex calendar system.

Evidently, the specialists at the Philadelphia Penn Museum gave some support to the "Apocalypse" myth, when one considers that the exhibit won't close but till the start of the year 2013. Several said that the legend which has been perpetuated in the well known culture with movies about sensational headlines and disasters make a good opportunity to let people have idea and engage with the Mayans of the past and the modern Maya society.

The Year 2012 For The Maya:

From the Mayan ruins of Copa, Honduras, the Lord of Times was discovered which includes artifacts such as food vessels, burial jewelry and ceramic figures.

The inauguration of the exhibit was done headed by the president of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo.

Interactive materials were used in the exhibit to explain the glyph writings, typical of this culture as well as it s advanced calendars. The message is that, while human instinct is to look for an age-old viewpoint on modern day world, people shouldn't translate the calendar of the Mayan as a forecast to disasters. Curator Loa Traxler said, "It's just a changing cycle." The Maya, regarded as among the world's biggest ancient cultures, lived for hundreds of years not just in Mexico but in Central America. In places like Copan, a lot of their well known and magnificent pyramids and ruins of cities are preserved and in fact where 16 Mayan kings ruled for 400 years.

Amongst the first astronomers are the Mayans as they have created many calendars of various kind to observe the stars and their movements. Their "long count" calendar commenced in 3114 BC and signifies time periods of around 394 years named baktun. Some scholars believe that the 13th baktun ends on the 21st of December 2012; the number 13 was a sacred number to the Maya. Penn Museum experts pointed out that the baktum period comes to an end on December 23rd, then again one other cycle of the calendar commences and that the world isn't going to come to an end. You can also see in the exhibition, replicas of large carved stone pieces which are too delicate to bring Copanan UNESCO World Heritage site.

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