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The Order of Days: The Maya World and the Truth About 2012

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The world's foremost expert on Maya culture looks at 2012 hysteria and explains the truth about what the Maya meant and what we want to believe.

Apocalypse 2012: An Investigation into Civilizations End. The World Cataclysm in 2012. 2012: The return of Quetzalcoatl. According to many of these alarmingly titled books, the ancient Maya not only had a keen insight into the myst
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Published May 17th 2011 by Crown Archetype
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Igor Coelho arantes santana marques
From epigraphy to mind-numbing calendrics, from historical documents to stelae, ruins, and murals, from cosmological notions of kingship to astronomy and astrology, this book is a phenomenal build-up to answer the question: what did the Maya think was going to happen in 2012?
When the answer comes in the last third of the book -- Stuart only takes time to individually refute apocalyptic or otherwise nonsensical claims by some New Age writers in the last chapter, for example -- it becomes clear t
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Jesse
Aug 24, 2012 Jesse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a rather broad overview of the mayans view of time. def. recommended for someone wanting a single book to explain some of these issues, but may be a little too broad for those already with a base of knowledge regarding mayans and time. oh, and anyone wanting to know what the MAYA actually thought about 2012 check out this link:

http://www.famsi.org/research/vanston...
Jason Golomb
Remember what life was like in 1999? Millennium fever was sweeping the world and scientists, regular folk and the new-age-erati were focused on January 1, 2000. Y2K was coming and it was bringing with it a digital Armageddon. And when it finally arrived, we celebrated (and ducked) and nothing happened...except January 2, 2000.

Something very similar is happening again with the approach of the much anticipated date of December 21, 2012, otherwise known as 13.0.0.0.0 on the Maya calendar. Will it b
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Perrystroika
May 23, 2016 Perrystroika rated it really liked it
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David Stuart has claims to being one of the greatest Mayanists in history, being one of the instrumental figures in the decipherment of the Mayan writing system. This book, however, only deals peripherally on that subject. Here Stuart gives a detailed study of the Mayan calender system, and it's concept of time. In the process, he touches on Mayan culture, mythology, history, and mathematics. The Mayan calender was made up of many different interlocking cycles; there were 360 day years, and 200 ...more
Leonide Martin
Jun 18, 2013 Leonide Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: maya-nonfiction
Excellent source for understanding how the Maya thought about and interacted with time. Rich background on Maya culture and their obsession with calendars and astronomy. Clarifies that the idea of 2012 as an apocalyptic event never came from Mayan tradition, but was superimposed by Western doomsdayers on the ending of a long count calendar cycle.
G. Collerone
Very academic book. A person who does does Maya culture indepth would be better suited than the average Joe. The Maya calendar is very complex. I found myself having to keep notes to keep the terminology straight.
Kevin Calhoun
Aug 24, 2012 Kevin Calhoun rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book on the way that the Mayans calculated dates and the hocus pocus that exists on 12/21/12
Dan G
Jun 07, 2011 Dan G rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More than a rebuttal of all the 2012 nonsense--a fine introduction to Mesoamerican calendrics and culture
Christian
Sep 22, 2011 Christian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthropology
A good introduction to the Maya calendar and time in Mesoamerican culture.
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