Ancient Aliens

Season 4 Episode 2

The Doomsday Prophecies

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Aired Unknown Feb 17, 2012 on The History Channel
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Does the end of the Mayan Long Count Calendar on December 21, 2012 herald great changes for humanity? Does it signal the return of Bolon Yokte - a mysterious god or extraterrestrial associated with creation and war? Or, as some suggest, does the calendar's "end" signify the "end of days" due to a rare galactic alignment triggering a catastrophic series of events which threaten the very existence of life on Earth? Or, more hopefully, could it point to a new beginning marked by the revelation of mankind's true celestial origins?

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        Mark Van Stone, PH.D (Author: 2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya), Edwin Barnhart, PH.D. (Archaeologist/Director, Maya Exploration Center), Hugh Newman (Author: Earth Grids), Gerardo Aldana, PH.D. (Prof. of Maya History, University of California, Santa Barbara)

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      • Narrator: Archeological evidence suggests the Maya were one of the first ancient people to develop a written language, use modern mathematical methods and build massive multi-storied celestial observatories - all at a time when Europeans were struggling through the so-called dark ages.
        Morton: The Maya are considered one of the great advanced civilizations, with hyper-advanced astronomy, astrology, trigonometry, architecture - all of these things while the Europeans were, at the time, rolling around in the mud.
        Narrator: But perhaps the most amazing Mayan achievement was their system of charting the stars and planets in the form of a calendar.
        Hawkes: The Mayans were timekeepers, above and beyond all other things. Keeping up with time was magic, it was power to the Mayans.

      • Tsoukalos: According to the Maya themselves, this knowledge was not something that they came up with, but it was given to them as a gift from the gods. The gift back then was not material stuff, it was knowledge. Knowledge is the currency of the universe.

      • Narrator: In addition to the eerie similarity between the Mayan and Egyptian prophecies, researchers have also noticed a connection in the doomsday predictions of the Hopi Indians of the American southwest.
        Young: The Hopi people of the Native American nations believed that we are in the fifth age of man and that this is an age of purification and that it is near the end time.
        Morton: The Hopi believed that unless all the people of the Earth can come down and live more in harmony with themselves and with the planet, that there's going to be a great destruction coming.

      • Narrator: While most ancient doomsday prophecies only broadly suggest the timing of the so-called "end of days", the Maya prediction boldly points to an exact date. Their Long Count Calendar comes to a decisive end on Friday, December 21st, 2012 - a date that many scientists and astronomers agree will coincide with an extremely rare alignment of celestial bodies in the Milky Way galaxy. But how could the Mayan calendar be so accurate?
        Barnhart: It is a true thing to say about the Maya that they created the most elaborate calendar system of any culture in the world. They had a solar calendar, but before that they had the sacred calendar. When you look at the ratio between those two, you get 365.2422 days for an actual year. The atomic clock says that it's 365.2420, but they admit that at the fourth decimal point, they could be plus-or-minus 5 wrong. So, we're not sure who's more accurate. Is it the Maya, or is it the atomic clock?

      • Noory: The Mayans were incredible at what they did. The big question is : how did they know this! You have to say to yourself : perhaps civilizations might be much older than we think and they passed down knowledge for hundreds and hundreds of thousands of years - or, somebody came down and taught them.

      • Narrator: Monument Number Six. On this stone tablet are carved a series of ancient Mayan hieroglyphs that, according to scholars, ominously predict a cataclysmic event on December 21st, 2012.
        Barnhart: This is a long monument that talks about the lifetime of a particular king. But at the end of it, goes forward into the future - takes this big leap from the 600's AD up to 2012. It definitely says "Four Ahau, Eight Konkin arriving the 13th b'ak'tun, or 400-year period. But then there are only 3 glyphs and they are eroded and broken partially.
        Narrator: Some scholars believe that the eroded glyphs on Monument Six suggest that Bolon Yokte, a god similar to Kukulkan, will return at the end of the Mayan calendar.
        Von Daniken: The Maya specialists can read it : "will descend from heaven god Bolon Yokte." Bolon Yokte was one of the Maya gods who was present (at) the creation of man. So they say "will descend ... god Bolon Yokte." So, some gods, some extraterrestrials, were expected to return.

      • Morton: Not only did the Mayans know our place in the universe, but they also knew how old the universe was. The Mayans put the date of the universe at 16.4 billion years. Modern science today puts it at about fourteen and a half, maybe fifteen. And yet, the better our technology gets, the more we begin to realize that the Mayans were correct.
        Narrator: Is it possible then, as the Mayans predicted, that the Earth and Sun will align with a black hole on December 21st, 2012? And, if so, will such a cosmic event have dire consequences for our world?
        Morton: The Tibetans believe that the Sun is a lens, that it activates and amplifies things behind it or things coming in front of it. If that's the case, on December 21st you have an energy that's coming from the center of the galaxy, that comes from the dark rift, that comes from the womb of the galaxy, if you will, that is now going to be amplified by the Sun - that is going to have some kind of effect on humanity.

      • Narrator: Some researchers speculate that the galactic alignment might change, or even reverse, how the Earth spins on its axis - by altering its magnetic field.
        Dennin: A sign of the magnetic field changing quickly would mean something has to happen dramatically to the angular momentum of the stuff inside the Earth - which might also mean something happens drastically to the spin of the Earth itself. And once you change the rotation of the Earth, you do have a chance of causing huge effects. It's like having a whole bunch of massive earthquakes at the same time.
        Hawkes: We talk about a magnitude 7 or a magnitude 8 or a magnitude 9 earthquake as being destructive beyond imagination. But what would a magnitude 12 or a magnitude 20 earthquake do? Could it replace the land with the sea and the sea with the land? We're talking about events that we've never experienced before. So, some of these changes that people are talking about that could occur could be life-changing - or, they could be life-ending.

      • Tsoukalos: It is absolutely correct that a calendar round is about to end, but that does not signify the end of the world. In fact, the only thing it signifies is the beginning of another calendar round, of another period in time.
        Narrator: Could the Mayan doomsday prophesies come true? Will December 21st, 2012 signal the end of civilization as we know it - or are the dire predictions nothing more than a myth, a mis-interpretation of an even greater truth? Perhaps what awaits us is not the end of our world, but a new beginning - one that will reveal the celestial origins ... of man.

    • NOTES (2)

      • As a matter of strict definition, it is a bit of a stretch to refer to Mayan history as being "ancient" - which is defined as "dating from a remote period - especially before the end of the Western Roman Empire in 476 AD". While initially established during the Pre-Classic period (c. 2000 BC to AD 250), most Mayan cities reached their peak of development during the Classic period (c. 250 to 900 AD). Although a period of decline ensued after that, pockets of Mayan culture and civilization survived until the arrival of Cortés and the Spanish conquistadors in 1519.

      • There are several problems with the "end of days" scenario so often attached to the Mayan calendar. One is that it has been difficult to precisely align the Mesoamerican calendars with our Gregorian calendar (also known as the Western or Christian calendar) - which, although only introduced a little over four centuries ago, has a standardized time line which includes over two millennia of historical events. To align the two, most Mayan scholars use a correlation factor called the "GMT constant." However, recently, Gerardo Aldana of UC Santa Barbara (and others) have challenged the precision of the GMT constant. If the challengers are correct, the dating of the Long Count's end does not so neatly align with the winter solstice and may, in fact be off by anywhere from 50 to 100 days.


        It must also be pointed out that "end-timers" often conveniently ignore the fact that dates for events far beyond 2012 were recorded by the Mayans. As Giorgio Tsoukalos pointed out in the episode, the end of the current b'ak'tun "does not signify the end of the world", it only "signifies is the beginning of another calendar round, of another period in time." If there was only one b'ak'tun, how could the Maya date the universe as being 16.4 billion years old? If this b'ak'tun began in 3114 B.C. (as is generally accepted) - and it's the only one - how can Temple 14 at Palenque record that Bolon Yokte visited the Earth 900,000 years ago? In fact, a complete series of 20 b'ak'tuns is said to make up a pik'tun (a period of over 100,00 years). As Sandra Noble, executive director of the Mesoamerican research organization Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc.(FAMSI), notes : "For the ancient Maya, it was a huge celebration to make it to the end of a whole cycle". For those who want to really party, the next pik'tun will begin on October 13, 4772.

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