2012: Decoding the Countercultural Apocalypse by Joseph Gelfer

By Joseph Gelfer

21 December 2012 used to be 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, at the least, a shift to a brand new kind of international recognition. interpreting how a lot of the phenomenon relies at the ancient list and what kind of is modern fiction, the booklet explores the panorama of the trendy 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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2012: Decoding the Countercultural Apocalypse

21 December 2012 was once believed to mark the top 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 top of the area or, no less than, a shift to a brand new type of international recognition. interpreting how a lot of the phenomenon relies at the old list and what sort of is modern fiction, the booklet explores the panorama of the trendy apocalyptic mind's eye, the economics of the religious market, the commodification of countercultural values, and the cult of star.

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39 While a few local Mam children were the only resident observers of these ceremonies, they told their parents about what they had seen and the adults were soon discussing the supposedly Maya rituals as well. This incident demonstrates the ease with which non-Maya variants of Maya spirituality can pass into the contemporary Maya population. 40 The disastrous earthquake that shook Guatemala in 1976 not only killed over twenty thousand Maya villagers, it brought with it a new wave of missionaries hoping to share their fundamentalist religious ideology with the native peoples along with much-needed relief supplies.

Cornuke proceeded to tell how his father, a lifelong apostate, had been “born again” to evangelical Christianity after hearing his son’s compelling story of the Ark. Cornuke vividly explained to his father how the desperate people who were not on the Ark felt as the waters were rising around them. ” The presentation was followed by an altar call, passing of collection plates (with offerings for Cornuke), a condemnation by Pastor Jerry Johnston of secular higher education (“They won’t teach you this at the public university”), and sales of Cornuke’s books and DVDs in the church lobby.

There would be one final earthquake—one so powerful that ‘with this we shall perish’” (León-Portilla 1990: 56, last five words quoting the Leyenda). ) The Maya versions of creation myth are far more fragmentary, and Maya prophetic texts, nearly all coming from the late Colonial period, are scanty and corrupt. We find the most explicit and extensive account in the Quiché Popol Vuh,11 copied in 1700, but it is entirely devoid of dates. In it, too, each creation improves on the last. The first creation has no people at all, the second made men of clay, the third, of wood.

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