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Maya Cosmogenesis 2012: The True Meaning of the Maya Calendar End Date - John Major Jenkins

Maya Cosmogenesis 2012: The True Meaning of the Maya Calendar End Date

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John Major Jenkins

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Pages: 416 (Paperback)

ISBN: 1879181487

Pub: Bear & Company

Pub date: 1998-06

Amazon.co.uk Sales Rank: 283813

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1/5 stars

Not For Me (1/3 people found this helpful)

Whilst I am a regular reader of this genre and this particlar subject is an interesting one, I found the book painful to read. In fact, it is the first book I have ever stopped reading and that was after resorting to skimming through the thing to find something worth reading. A fair proportion of the contents seems to be pseudo-science and half-baked (IMHO)and the book left me hoping that December 2012 comes around PDQ. If a comet is a-coming to wipe us out or the poles are going to flip leading us all to lose our collective conciousness as a species (heavy), I only hope it makes me forget this work (albeit that the cover is quite nice).

1/5 stars

Very deeply researched but ultimately very dissappointing (1/2 people found this helpful)

Lots of facts don't make a good read which is a shame as the author obvioulsy knows his subject but its presentation makes the book virtually unreadable

My recommendation would be to hire a good editor and reformat the information into something more readable as the subject deserves a wide audience at this time

5/5 stars

DiaGnosis: 2012 research starts here (13/13 people found this helpful)

John Major Jenkins has looked into the question of why the Maya ended their 13-baktun cycle in the Gregorian year 2012, and has researched the matter in incredible detail, and comes to conclusions that result from detailed study of many archaeological and specialist works. His study shows that the Maya deliberately targetted this point in time as the end of the cycle, and the evidence is found in king-accession rites, mythology, architecture, and the ball-game.

As you will know if you've read other reviews, the reason is the alignment of the winter solstice sun with the galactic equator - an event that happens only once in a cycle of precession - around 26,000 years. This IS NOT the "alignment of the solar system with galactic centre" or any of the other misrepresentatations of his work that have appeared.

This work stands whether or not anything noticeable happens in the years around 2012 - the fact is, that the Maya predicted that something would happen around 2012. This has become evident since the publication of this book, since the Tortuguero prophecy entered the public domain. In April 2005, the existence of Tortuguro monument 6 was revealed, (though known to a few specialists before that). The stela gives the end-date 4 Ahau, 3 Kankin, 13 Baktun (a combination of 3 calendars that gives the 21 December 2012 date) and gives an accompanying prophecy of the return of the Nine Gods.

5/5 stars

Excellent blending of academic and spritual (9/12 people found this helpful)

John Major Jenkins ties together many threads of Mayan cosmology/spirituality/teachings in a way that will satisfy those who value true academic scholarship. A landmark book that we Westerners can read, while the traditional Mayan daykeepers, priests, and h'men tucked away in the recesses of the Maya lands keep bits of this wisdom in their hearts and traditions.

4/5 stars

Good Info -- A bit Tedious and Long -- I have a solution (8/14 people found this helpful)

I finished it! But it took me four months. Then I got turned on to a book (I read an excerpt in a magazine) called LightShift 2000 by Ken Kalb, which I was able to read in about 2 or 3 hours. I came upon Chapter 7 called "Making Time on Planet Earth" which was an entire history of popular calendars, plus a solution to Y2K! Then the mystical Chapter 9, The Rites of Passage -- explained in 13 pages -- and took the material a step further -- everything and more I had spent four months laboring on in Mayan Cosmogenesis. I am becoming quite the expert on day keeping these days. Jenkins book is a good one to read during an El Nino winter in the Pacific Northwest.

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