People who are expecting the world to end on December 21 – the so-called ‘Mayan Apocalypse’ – are destined to be disappointed. The world might end on December 21st, just as it might on any other day but if it does it will have nohing to do with a Mayan prophecy coz there wasn’t one.
The ‘prophecy’ does not stem from the Mayans at all – or date from thousands of years ago. In fact, the beliefs come from two New Age books written by hippys with a fondness for shrooms and published in the Seventies and Eighties.
The two books predict “the end” will be a surreal happening that will herald an “upgrade” to human consciousness and a new beginning for our humble race of bipeds. The alleged calendar that predicted doomsday was interpreted by a spirit from the seventh century that one of the authors channelled while on a magic mushroom trip.
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 McKennas own mathematics, the Chinese I Ching and a magic mushroom trip.
As the great Johnny Rotten once said: “Never trust a fahkin hippy.”