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Message Subject MSM News: 2012 catastrophe is NOT a Mayan prediction, it's actually from 1970's new age books, date baed on magic mushroom trip
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“December 21st will be just another Friday morning,” said Andrew Wilson, Assistant Head of Social Studies at the University of Derby. “A hippy guru called Jose Arguelles associated the date with the Mayan calendar in a book called The Mayan Factor in 1987. But it's an obsolete form of the calendar, which had not been used since the year 1100AD.”

The actual date of December 21 first appeared in an earlier work - a 1975 book by Terence McKenna, a writer known for his descriptions of “machine elves” seen while under the influence of drugs.

The date appeared in McKenna's ‘Timeline Zero’ prophecy, and was based on McKenna’s own mathematics, the Chinese I Ching and a magic mushroom trip.

Jose Arguelles, author of The Mayan Factor (Image: Wikimedia)McKenna later met Arguelles and the two became, Wilson says, part of a circle of New Age authors who cited each other’s work, lending the ‘prophecy’ an air of believability.

“The significance of December 21 2012 in ‘New Age’ circles emerged from the work of ‘ethnobotanist’ Terence McKenna as he travelled deep into the Amazon in the 1970s,” says Wilson. His calculations of a ‘zero time wave’ suggested the world would go through a large change on December 21.”

“Arguelles, who had a long-held interest in Native American spiritualties, was inspired by McKenna’s work. He popularised the date in connection with the ‘long count calendar’ of the Mayan people in his new-age circles.”

As the belief has evolved, it has become associated with other, wilder predictions - such as the idea that Earth will be hit by a ‘rogue planet’, Nibiru, or swallowed by a black hole.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 29653779

As for McKenna's use of drugs to get a better grip on reality as it were - which is sort of contradictory if you know what I mean - obviously this doesn't lend more credibility to this sort of material than would have been the case without it....

 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 43785235

What the hell do you think the mayans were doing??
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1466471

To the Mayas, the gods of their religion were real entities. They were an ancient people to whom contact with their gods was not contradicted by modern science and for whom use of mushrooms (or any similar practices) would be regulated by their religion. And as said in the article, they didn't even in fact predict 2012, but some New Age gurus did.
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