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21 December 2012 was believed to mark the end of the thirteenth B'ak'tun cycle in the Long Count of the Mayan calendar. Many people believed this date to mark the end of the world or, at the very least, a shift to a new form of global consciousness. Examining how much of the phenomenon is based on the historical record and how much is contemporary fiction, the book explores the landscape of the modern apocalyptic imagination, the economics of the spiritual marketplace, the commodification of countercultural values, and the cult of celebrity.On the morning of the winter solstice, 21 December 2012, the ancient Maya calendar cycle will a€œend. ... Some latter-day prophets foresee literal destruction, but most couch their expectations in terms of a€œcosmic transformationa€ or a€œprofound shift of perspective. ... on the 2012 date because on this day the Long Count shall once again reach (its Calendar Round date will be 4 Ajaw 3 Ka#39;anka#39;in).

Author: Joseph Gelfer
Publisher:Routledge - 2014-09-11

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