One of my favorite topics to post about here is the ancient Mayan culture.
There has been alot of debate lately with the release of the movie "2012" about the validity of the interpretations that modern man is applying to the Mayan Long Count calendar & whether the end of the Long Count means disaster.
I have always said that the Mayan conception of time and the cosmos was profound, but the end of the Mayan baktun at 18.104.22.168.0 is probably equivalent to reaching the year 2000 in the Western calendar. It most likely is just a marker for an age. Unlike the Gregorian calendar, though, the Mayan time is much more closely linked with cosmic cycles.
There is a part of me, however, that wonders if the wisdom of ancient people was somehow able to understand a cosmic cycle of destruction & creation that modern science has not yet discovered.
Recently I saw that Dave Letterman has cleared up the true nature of disaster the world faces in 2012... & it has nothing to do with the Mayan calendar:
At this point, I would be completely negligent not to bring up