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This page will provide basic introductory material, as well as critique-reviews of new books on 2012 and the Mayan calendar.
It is important to be grounded in a good understanding of various Mesoamerican traditions, including astronomy, folklore, iconography, mythology, religion, calendrics, and science. In my own process of studying Mesoamerican tradition, my travels and research between 1987 and 1997 were augmented by the following studies, which were compiled into the bibliography for Maya Cosmogenesis 2012: Bibliography of Important Studies
Basic introductions to the Mayan calendar systems, including how the tzolkin, haab, Venus cycle, eclipse calendar, year-bearers, Calendar Round and Long Count operate, were published in my early books Journey to the Mayan Underworld (Four Ahau Press, 1989), Mirror in the Sky (Four Ahau Press, 1991), 7 Wind (1993), and Tzolkin: Visionary Perspectives and Calendar Studies (Four Ahau Press, 1992, reprinted with Borderland Sciences Research Foundation, 1994). Online excerpts include:
Intro to the Mayan Calendar (excerpt from Tzolkin: Visionary Perspectives and Calendar Studies, 1992/94). Calendar basics - a straight forward primer.
The Correlation Question (excerpt from Tzolkin: Visionary Perspectives and Calendar Studies, 1992/94). Knowing what day it is in the indigenous 260-day sacred calendar is essential to acting in solidarity with modern daykeepers. This is known as the "correlation question" and I've researched this topic thouroughly. The upshot is that there is one authentic Mayan count of days. In other words, the Classic Period count is still being followed in the highlands of Guatemala.
Mayan scholar Floyd Lounsbury argued for a December 23, 2012 end date, which assumes a two-day shift in the Mayan daycount. His work is flawed for several reasons, as explored in this chapter of my 1992 book Tzolkin.
I also examined Lounsbury's argument in his 1992 paper published in The Sky in Mayan Literature (Oxford University Press, ed. Anthony Aveni).
In 1996, Linda Schele suggested that the 13-baktun cycle and the 2012 end-date were less significant than a 20-baktun cycle ending in the 48th century AD. I responded to the fallacy of this notion multiple times, including in an appendix to Maya Cosmogenesis 2012. The original unabridged appendix is here.
Exchanges with scholars on the Aztlan email list, 1999 is very revealing of the incomplete knowledge of specialists, as well as their resistance to entertaining evidence that might expand their limited understading.
July 28. My review of the History Channel's 2012: The Doomsday Prophecy, in which I appear.
of new books on 2012 and the Mayan calendar.
--links coming soon---
Will Hart's declarations
Patrick Geryl's doomsday
Steve Alten's 2012 Domain
Geoff Stray takes us Beyond 2012
2012, the Maya, and the Galactic Alignment in Terence McKenna's Temporal Novelty Theory.
Bruce Scofield's books and articles.
Daniel Giamario's Shamanic Astrology.
Daniel Pinchbeck's new book: 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl
The Holy Cross of Nick Fiorenza.
Jay Weidner's alchemical insights and the galactic alignment.
Vincent Bridges' underground stream.
The Cross at Hendaye (book by Weidner & Bridges)
Ruh Allen's Web site
Mike Finley's Web site
Conspicuous Absence Awards:
Boston University's Institute for Millennial Studies
Rick Tarnas' Psyche and Cosmos
Stephen Jay Gould's Questioning the Millennium
Books of Adrian Gilbert, Maurice Cotterrel, Graham Hancock, Robert Bauval.