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Santa Fe, NM (PRWEB) November 29, 2012
Dr. Khristaan D. Villela, Santa Febased art historian, professor at Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD), and Mesoamerican scholar, is demystifying the popular Maya doomsday prophecy that the world will end on Dec. 21, 2012. Villela will be in New York City Dec. 19 and 20 to speak about the dates significance in art history, and will also host a January lecture on the SFUAD campus.
Thousands of years ago, the ancient Maya of Mexico and Central America developed several different calendars, which were used for agricultural, ritual and dynastic purposes. More than 20,000 ancient Maya texts survive today, written in a hieroglyphic script. One of the calendars, called the Long Count by modern researchers, is a continuous tally of days, grouped into months, years, groups of four hundred years and millennia. Many have interpreted the calendars to imply that the ancient Maya civilization predicted planetary doom on Dec. 21.
The Ancient Maya Long Count Calendar actually had no beginning and no end, said Dr. Villela. The Maya inscriptions record dates millions of years both in the past and in the future, and yes, there is an important calendar milestone approaching at the end of this year in our calendar.