With the Mayan's December end of the world prediction causing a few "special" people to sweat, experts have come forward to calm the populace, confirming the world will survive to see the 25th.
Though there is some confusion as to when exactly the Mayan's predicted the world would end, with some suggesting it would be on 11.11.11 and others 21 December, 2012, the general prophecy is the same. According to the men with tin foil hats, the world will end when the Mayan calender runs out of days and the ancient god of war and creation "Bolon Yokte" awakes to lay waste to the world.
The prophecy initially came to the fore in 1987 when author Jose Arguelles described the date as "the ending of time as we know it" in one of his books. More recently the date received further scrutiny after researchers began examining a 1,300 year-old Mayan stone tablet found at an archaeological site at Tortuguero, Mexico mentioning the date.
Luckily for those wishing to enjoy the 2012 holiday season, a number of Mayan experts have come forward poo pooing the doomsday prophecy.
The "specialists," suggest that the end of the calender and prophesy of Bolon Yokte's return doesn't necessarily mark the end of the world, rather it signifies the end of one period of creation and the beginning of a new era.
"We have to be clear about this. There is no prophecy for 2012," commented Erik Velasquez, an etchings specialist at the National Autonomous University of Mexico UNAM.L to Reuters. "It's a marketing fallacy."
Lending credence to Velasquez's comments, The National Institute of Anthropological History in Mexico later added its own two-cents suggesting the prophecy itself represented a profound lack of understanding by western academics about the mind set of the ancient Mayans. "The West's messianic thinking has distorted the world view of ancient civilizations like the Mayans," said the institute in a statement to Reuters.
In short, no matter what the crazy man at the end of the street tells you, it appears it is still safe to make plans for the 2012 holiday season.