Much of the rage in Hollywood and the media has been about the year 2012 over the last year or so. As time draws closer and closer to 2012, the focus seems to be growing. Why is 2012 so important for the world, and should anyone really be concerned about it?
According to archaeological studies and research, the calendar that we, as a world, save a few nations in far-reaching places of the globe, live by is the Mayan calendar. The Mayans, a vastly intelligent civilization for their time, created this calendar, and we have all lived by this for 2011 years thus far. As most people know, the calendar actually ends in December of 2012.
Many researchers and general members of the population take this as a sign that this means that the world will actually come to an end at the specific time, and on the specific day that the calendar stops.
Speculation is, however, that the world is not actually coming to an end at all, and that the media as well as Hollywood, as portrayed in the movie of the name 2012, have made this occurrence much bigger of a deal than it actually is.
If one looks back at the Mayan civilization, and does any research or travels to Mexico, where they once lived, one can easily see why the calendar will come to an end in 2012. The simple fact is that the entire civilization, over time, gradually disappeared and died off.
As with many ancient civilizations, the Mayans were very smart, yet they believed in sacrificial rituals. When these types of rituals took place in the name of the Gods, they would throw the bodies of the animals and oftentimes, humans, into the water; the same water that they used for their drinking supply. Over hundreds of years with this happening on a regular basis, they ultimately ended up poisoning themselves unknowingly as they consumed the contaminated water. This fact leads most historians and experts to believe that this is why the civilization ultimately died off, and without anyone left to continue the calendar, it came to a stop.
So, most people are now starting to realize that the end of the Mayan calendar, as opposed to what is portrayed in the media, actually just represents the end of the Mayan civilization.