Don’t panic… 012 won’t bring the end of the world – it’s the start of a new era of enlightened living across the world.
That’s the belief of North Wales prophecy buff Malcolm Yates who believes the fears whipped up about Ancient Mayan writings are based on a misunderstanding of the texts.
Malcolm, 52, who works by day as a health and wellbeing advisor, said that the end of the ancient 5,125 year calendar on December 21 did not mean the end of the world.
“The Mayan prophecy never said that if was going to be the end of the world, just the end of this age. And we’ll move on to the next age, the Aquarian age,” said Malcolm.
“We all know that famous 1960s song Aquarius, where they sing about peace and love – that’s what it’s going to be like. Not an apocalyptic and cataclysmic event, nothing aggressive about it, it’s all good news.”
Although the Mayans did not predict Armageddon, archeologist Dr Michael Coe studied the ancient texts in the 1960s and put forward the idea that they suggested some kind of cataclysmic incident when the calendar resets itself to 0.0.0.0 on the winter solstice next week.
The Mayans created a civilisation stretching from central Mexico down into what is today Honduras, Belize and El Salvador.
Their earliest traces have been dated back to as early as 2,600BC – at the same time as some of the earliest European bronze age cultures like the Minoans in Crete – however peak of Mayan life was from AD 250 to AD 900.
In their calendar, next Friday is the last day of the 13th bak’tun, or 144,000-day cycle, and the ancient Mayans saw the end of the 13th bak’tun as the end of a full cycle of creation.
However Malcolm said it was Hollywood’s fault that this had been turned