Thursday, December 20, 2012

Happy New B'ak'tun!

This Mayan document, known as the Dresden Codex, shows a sky caiman vomiting water and has been interpreted as suggesting that modern civilization may end on Dec. 21, 2012.
According to some interpretations of the Mayan calendar, the current world, in which humans have flourished, began 13 b’ak’tuns, or 5,125 years, ago, following three failed worlds, the last of which also lasted 13 b’ak’tuns. And some doomsayers have equated the end of this fourth world with the end of civilization.But the consensus among modern Mayanist scholars is that the end of this 13-b’ak’tun period heralds only the beginning of the next.
More at the NYTimes.

Sometimes a vomiting sky caiman is just a vomiting sky caiman.