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There is one less thing for all of us to worry about now. Word is out that the world won’t actually end next year despite widespread fears that the Mayan Calendar predicted humanity’s demise on December 21, 2012.
A German expert, Sven Gronemeyer, a researcher of Mayan culture said that his decoding of an old stone tablet referencing 2012 has shown that the Native American civilization merely expected the return of one of their gods next December.
The tablet, which is thought to be more than 1,000 years old, has reinforced that fear. It clearly references 2012, and some have interpreted it for catastrophic predictions. Archaeologists and other researchers, who have downplayed those interpretations, organized a special conference this week at an archaeological cite in Mexico’s Chiapas state to attempt to put them to rest once and for all.
At the conference Gronemeyer told reporters that Maya rulers believed they should “prepare the ground for the god Bolon Yokte” on December 21 next year, according to the ABC newspaper. Bolon Yokte, who was the Mayan god of creation and war, is supposed to return on that date, following a 13th set of 400 year periods called “Baktuns.”