Mayan 2012 Apocalypse Prediction Might Have Been Mistranslated

In News by Matt Kiebus / December 1, 2011

Um, whoops.

Mayan 2012 Apocalypse Prediction Might Have Been Mistranslated

This hasn’t been a banner year for doomsday predictions. First, Harold Camping mistranslated and miscalculated the Bible roughly 17 times over the course of six months—and now this? I’m starting to think this apocalypse business might be a bunch of hogwash. Camping had been known for making inaccurate end of the world predictions in the past. The sane-minded folk never put much faith in his possibly senile words. However Roland Emmerich made a movie starring John Cusack based on the Mayan prediction — in other words, we took this one seriously.

So how exactly are we just now finding out that the Mayan predictions might be a tad off? Well, as it turns out we’ve simply been misinterpreting their message for over a thousand years. I guess not as many people are studying conversational Mayan anymore. Nevertheless according to a German expert the ancient Mayan tablet which we’ve been basing the doomsday prediction on says nothing about the end of the world.

The interpretation of the hieroglyphs by Sven Gronemeyer of La Trobe University in Australia was presented for the first time Wednesday at the archaeological site of Palenque in southern Mexico.

His comments came less than a week after Mexico’s archaeology institute acknowledged there was a second reference to the 2012 date in Mayan inscriptions, touching off another round of talk about whether it predicts the end of the world.

Gronemeyer has been studying the stone tablet found years ago at the archeological site of Tortuguero in Mexico’s Gulf coast state of Tabasco.

He said the inscription describes the return of mysterious Mayan god Bolon Yokte at the end of a 13th period of 400 years, known as Baktuns, on the equivalent of Dec. 21, 2012. Mayans considered 13 a sacred number. There’s nothing apocalyptic in the date, he said.

This is incredible news for the citizens of the world who don’t want life on earth to cease to exist in the next calendar year.

However this is probably devastating news for doom-and-gloom enthusiasts, who seem to be receiving bad news on a weekly basis. But remember this is only one man’s interpretation. He could be wrong. After all the bottom of the tablet is cracked and apparently illegible. There is still hope that trusted historian Roland Emmerich’s prediction is correct, but I wouldn’t count on it.

[AP]