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Movie has 2012 wrong, says Canadian archaeologist

Kenneth Turan reviews "2012," the latest disaster movie portraying the end of the world. The movie is directed by Roland Emmerich, who seems to be stuck on the same theme, after movies like "The Day After Tomorrow" and "Independence Day."

"2012" is based on a premise apparently laid out in an ancient carved monument found in the Mayan region, which covers the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico and parts of Central America. The region has been home to the indigenous Maya people since 900 BC.

But Canadian archaeologist Kathryn Reese-Taylor, who teaches at the University of Calgary, says in a statement that although the monument, called the Tortuguero Monument Six, refers to the date Dec. 21, 2012, it is not an end-of-the-world prophecy. She says the translation of the text essentially says that something will occur on Dec. 21, 2012 and that it will be similar to something that occurred on another date in the past.

"We don’t know what that past occurrence was or what the future occurrence will be. At no point do any of the Maya texts actually prophesize the end of the world," she said. Reese-Taylor says that the prophecy has never meant the end of the world among the Maya people and that it is North Americans who have created this interpretation.

“The idea of a Maya prophecy emerged in the 1970s when North American journalists and writers began to cherry-pick ideas from the Maya, Aztec and Hopi cultures and created what they now call the Maya prophecy.”

Looks like Hollywood's creative license is at work again.

-- Deborah Bonello in Mexico City

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There were so many things wrong with the movie!

Let's start with the most annoying one. How the hell did they have constant cell phone service?!?! LOL


The Mayan region also covers Chiapas in Mexico; left out a complete state! I know it doesn't matter for the content and purpose of this article, but, it's one of those things where Chiapas is always ignored.


Keep repeating to yourself..."It's only a movie...It's only a movie...It's only a movie"

In the 2012 research community it has long been understood that only the woefully misinformed ascribe a doomsday to 21-12-2012 and the end of the 13th Baktun of the Maya long count calendar system.

Unfortunately global media still runs on the 'if it bleeds it leads' system which means doomsday is front page whilst a mysterious but interesting possibility gets maybe three lines somewhere toward the end of a piece.

I have written extensively on the 2012 subject having researched it for over half a decade in one way or another.


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