The End of Time by Anthony Aveni
The Maya Mystery of 2012

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December 21, 2012. The Internet, bookshelves, and movie theaters are full of prophecies, theories, and predictions that this date marks the end of the world, or at least the end of the world as we know it. Whether the end will result from the magnentic realignment of the north and south poles, bringing floods, earthquakes, death, and destruction; or from the return of alien caretakers to enlighten or enslave us; or from a global awakening, a sudden evolution of Homo sapiens into non-corporeal beings—theories of great, impending changes abound. In The End of Time, award-winning astronomer and Maya researcher Anthony Aveni explores these theories, explains their origins, and measures them objectively against evidence unearthed by Maya archaeologists, iconographers, and epigraphers. He probes the latest information astronomers and earth scientists have gathered on the likelihood of Armageddon and the oft-proposed link between the Maya Long Count cycle and the precession of the equinoxes. He then expands on these prophecies to include the broader context of how other cultures, ancient and modern, thought about the “end of things” and speculates on why cataclysmic events in human history have such a strong appeal within American pop culture.
 

About Anthony Aveni

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Anthony Aveni is the Russell B. Colgate Professor of Astronomy and Anthropology at Colgate University. He helped develop the field of archeoastronomy and is known particularly for his research in the astronomical history of the Maya Indians of ancient Mexico. He is a lecturer, speaker, and editor/author of over two dozen books on ancient astronomy. He lives in Hamilton, New York. Katherine Roy is an author, illustrator, and cartoonist. She recently graduated with an MFA from the Center for Cartoon Studies after earning a BFA in Illustration and English from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her drawings have appeared in Slate, Seven Days, and several educational books for children, in addition to her ongoing series, Caterpillar Tales. She has also illustrated The Expeditioners by S.S. Taylor. She lives in New York City.
 
Published October 1, 2009 by University Press of Colorado. 200 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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