Joseph Gelfer's 2012: Decoding the Countercultural Apocalypse PDF

By Joseph Gelfer

ISBN-10: 1845536398

ISBN-13: 9781845536398

21 December 2012 was once believed to mark the tip of the 13th B'ak'tun cycle within the lengthy count number of the Mayan calendar. many of us believed this date to mark the tip of the area or, not less than, a shift to a brand new type of worldwide awareness. studying how a lot of the phenomenon is predicated at the ancient checklist and what sort of is modern fiction, the e-book explores the panorama of the fashionable apocalyptic mind's eye, the economics of the non secular market, the commodification of countercultural values, and the cult of superstar.

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Several years remain before completion of the thirteenth bak’tun and of the most recent Great Cycle, and interest in the 2012 date is already strong and developing rapidly. The question of whether there is any underlying substance to the 2012 date has become meaningless as its power as a self-validating set of ideas establishes a reality of its own among believers who have no interest in examining the authenticity of those beliefs. Thus, beliefs in the global significance of the 2012 date will persist and gain momentum until the dawn of that year’s winter solstice when all can experience for themselves whether the day brings a New Dawn for humanity or just another Friday morning.

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However, this meagre patchwork does speak, or at least whisper, to the 2012 issue. One explicit “end-time prophecy” is that of the Aztec Five Suns, it provides a date—a 2-Reed year: 2027 (or 2079 or 2131)—and warns we will trigger an End if we fail regularly to offer the sun blood. So far, so good; the gods seem to have been satisfied for the last five centuries. 31 A contradictory Aztec legend tells of Quetzalcoatl’s return—in a 1-Reed year, the next of which falls in 2039. Then there is the problem of divergent year-bearers: one state’s 1-Reed year was another’s 13-Reed year.

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