Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Romance and the 2012 End-date


I've heard chatter about the December 21, 2012 end-date for years. According to some believers and some myths, in seven months on the winter solstice, the world as we know it will end.

Prophesies abound, some of which come from the study of ancient Mayan culture and the interpretation and misinterpretation of the significance of the Long Count calendar. One of three calendars used by the Maya, the Long Count is an astronomical calendar for tracking longer periods of time or the universal cycle—the universe is destroyed then recreated at the start of each universal cycle—with the last cycle ending on December 21, 2012.

I haven't researched the subject much, but I'm reading the sexy Nightkeepers (Final Prophecy) paranormal series by Jessica Andersen, which combines the countdown to the end-date with ancient Mayan myths to spin fantastical stories with powerful mage heroes and heroines who fight demons to keep Earth safe. Love the series.

Do you know of other authors who use this apocalyptic date to create fabulous romantic tales? Please share.

~Dawn Marie

2 comments:

  1. Hi Dawn Marie -

    I visited Chichen Itza a few years back to research my Night Series, and our Mayan guide said that none of them believed that the world was going to end.

    He said Mayans built everything in cycles. (There are actually at least two other pyramids under Chichen Itza!)

    They would build the new cycle over the old, but when Cortez came over he killed everyone who could read and/or write the Mayan language, in order to convert them to Catholicism.

    So according to the Mayans, they just didn't have anyone left to chart out the next cycle of the calendar... :)

    Great blog!

    Lisa :)

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  2. Hi, Lisa. Very cool! The first couple of Nightkeeper stories have scenes at Chichen Itza. Thanks for stopping by and sharing.

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