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December 21st

You might ask, what is so important to donate a dedicated post to that date.

Now, when December 21st is over in all of our timezones we find, the earth still exists. All the problems, mankind, animals and beauty of the nature are still in place. Nothing is gone.

When still wondering, why I write this post, I’ll tell you now, why this is that important.

The Maya were people living where we find Mexico now. They were well-known for their astronomical knowledge and their ability to build a certain type of pyramid, crowned with a temple donated their main god, the sun.

Because of their astronomical skills they were able to correctly calculate many star paths, eclipses and so on many centuries in advance. They also created calendars and picked them into stone. For an unknown reason, they disapeared someday in the 15th century (following the Gregorian calendar as used by the western countries) before the arrival of the Spanish conquestadores.

Scientists were able to find and decode the mayan calendar wondering, why this calendar ends on December 21st, 2012 (again following the Gregorian calendar). One possible reason, founded on their astronomical skills, assumed, this world might become destroyed (i.e. by a meteor) or so, so that there was no reason to continue the calendar.

But, we’re here and December 21st ist over. So, maybe, the calendar isn’t finished, because the chiseler got ill or the priest, responsible for calculation the next steps, got ill. Who knows.

So, “Good morning, world!”

4 thoughts on “December 21st”

  1. There you go, being logical again! 🙂
    Here we are so very close to Bugarach (the final portal) and many a glass was raised here last night but in jest. While nearby, media and others paid a small fortune for some rather rustic lodgings and a story that didn’t happen.
    Was it fin du monde or solstice that has made the last 24 hours such a productive writing time?

    1. I guess, the idea of an apocalypse will always activate mans minds. You might imagine how it will take place and what will happen next. Look at all the holywood movies made in the past: the day after, Armagedon, Planet of the apes, and many, many more. Even in the last book of the christian bible (Revalations) and many of the prophetic book in the jewish torah describing an end of the world. You can also find the idea in the northern / Scandinavian mythology (Ragnarok).
      Many of these aspects are reused in books and movies (Lord of the Rings, Disney’s Atlantis II, Thor, and many more).
      It’s an universal idea, anchored deep in our minds. So, it’s also a source of creativity.

  2. Thanks for checking on my post about Bugarach. If you glance at my other blog, I wrote a piece about the eve of fin du monde. You may enjoy my take on the anticipated event?
    Now it is time to check out Ragnarok. My father’s family are all Swedes and I have never explored the mythology behind it. Thank you!

    1. It seems to me, you’re a woman with a very international background. Do you speak Swedish, too?
      I’d like to visit Scandinavia once, too. Many years ago, I had planed a trip to the North cape, but it didn’t work. My car wasn’t able to drive such (bad) roads and my friends car was a 2CV. But none of us was able to fix cars on our own. So, we dropped the idea. Even the 2CV already was at the North cape.

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