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Maya Cosmogenesis 2012: The True Meaning of the Maya Calendar End-Date Paperback – 1 Aug 1998

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Product details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Bear & Company; First Edition edition (1 Aug. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879181487
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879181489
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 545,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The extensive research by John Major Jenkins into the Mayan astronomy and mysteries is very impressive indeed, and his book will no doubt become a classic in this field of study. Maya Cosmogenesis 2012 is a must-read for all those who feel that there is far more to our ancient past than meets the eye." (Robert G. Bauval, coauthor of The Orion Mystery)

"Jenkins presents a wealth of information about the Maya astronomy, mythology, and calendrics in support of his analysis of the Long Count Calendar end-date . . . illustrations, maps, and extensive bibliography complement this detailed work." (Library Journal)

"The steady pace of Jenkin's unveiling of his remarkable conclusions is a testament to his skill as a writer and his confidence in the way he has pieced together existing ethnohistoric data, archeoastronomy, his own fieldwork and an admirable empathy for the people who first articulated this monumental story, this key to understanding the nature of our place as humans in the galactic patterns of existence." (Curtis McCosco, CirclesofLight.com, May 2009)

“Readers will be impressed by Jenkins' scholarly yet interdisciplinary approach. He reaches beyond the confines of the ivory towers to break old paradigms and create several new ones. Primarily, he gives us insights into the nature of time and reality, how the larger cosmic cycles correlate to World Ages, which in turn shows us how to the world periodically renews itself.” (Chris Lorenz, Dell Horoscope, December 2010)

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In a nutshell summary of my book: transformation now
The Maya were aware of our impending alignment with the Galactic Center and intuited that it will catalyze consciousness transformation for life on earth. Ancient knowledge speaks to our immediate future. The ancient site of Izapa is identified as the source of the Mayan's Galactic Cosmology, of the Long Count calendar and the Hero Twin Creation Myth. The true meaning of the shadow-serpent that appears on the Pyramid of Kukulcan at Chichen Itza every equinox is also decoded. Based upon nine years of intense research, my book presents a detailed and honest reconstruction of the lost cosmology of ancient Mesoamerica. See my Four Ahau Press website for other publications and upcoming event info.

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By A Customer on 17 Jun. 1999
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This is an excellent book on the formation of many of the Maya ideaologies. The Maya calendar, Popol Vuh, astronomy, and even some interesting predictions about the future, namely Dec. 21, 2012. This is not the usual doom and destruction but rather an indepth look at the Maya vision. Jenkins has presented many facts to substantiate his ideas. This is a very detailed explanation on the Milkly Way galaxy and how it may relate to Maya art and culture. I highly recommend this book for anyone truely interested in learning more about the Maya.
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With his better than academic decoding of the mysterious Maya glyphs that incorporate both their colorful mythology and sophisticated astronomy, John Major Jenkins has validated that shamans, with their out-of-body clairvoyance, were responsible for the amazing accuracy of Mayan and other Mesoamerican calendar systems that cover thousands of years of earthly, planetary, and galactic motion. That Mayan deities represent astronomical bodies, as did the pantheons of Egypt and Mesopotamia, is equally validated by Jenkins. His emphasis on the famous Long Count calendar shows that when the rising sun on the December solstice of the year 2012 conjuncts with the Milky Way's galactic center - or birth canal of the Great Mother of us all - a new age is expected, one in which humanity will mutate spiritually into a new relationship with space-time and the material universe.
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John Major Jenkins has looked into the question of why the Maya ended their 13-baktun cycle in the Gregorian year 2012, and has researched the matter in incredible detail, and comes to conclusions that result from detailed study of many archaeological and specialist works. His study shows that the Maya deliberately targetted this point in time as the end of the cycle, and the evidence is found in king-accession rites, mythology, architecture, and the ball-game.

As you will know if you've read other reviews, the reason is the alignment of the winter solstice sun with the galactic equator - an event that happens only once in a cycle of precession - around 26,000 years. This IS NOT the "alignment of the solar system with galactic centre" or any of the other misrepresentatations of his work that have appeared.

This work stands whether or not anything noticeable happens in the years around 2012 - the fact is, that the Maya predicted that something would happen around 2012. This has become evident since the publication of this book, since the Tortuguero prophecy entered the public domain. In April 2005, the existence of Tortuguro monument 6 was revealed, (though known to a few specialists before that). The stela gives the end-date 4 Ahau, 3 Kankin, 13 Baktun (a combination of 3 calendars that gives the 21 December 2012 date) and gives an accompanying prophecy of the return of the Nine Gods.
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In Maya Cosmogenesis 2012, author John Major Jenkins has combined his gift for incisive, mythic and symbolic interpretation with rigorous research, to reveal the Mayan calendar as a world cosmology and spiritual philosophy, firmly grounded in precise observations of celestial patterns and rhythms. According to Jenkins' in depth yet accessible and often poetic analysis, the Maya had reconciled a number of planetary and sidereal cycles to accurately define the passage of our earth and solar system, as it moves through millennia, in and out of alignment with the galactical core and equator. This vast, celestial conjunction, so central to the Mayan sages and astronomers, holds profound transformative implications for individuals and civilization today.
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The basis for Jenkins' reconstruction is a meticulous search behind the Mayan belief system which led him to deciphering the Hero Twin Myth in the Popol Vuh, the Ball Court symbology, and the Long Count system used to predict the precession of the galactic center. All of this took the Mayan priests many thousands of years to perfect, and a thousand man-hours by Jenkins to understand... This is a book with a rich sense of our spiritual evolution that only John Jenkins can state so eloquently.
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John Major Jenkins ties together many threads of Mayan cosmology/spirituality/teachings in a way that will satisfy those who value true academic scholarship. A landmark book that we Westerners can read, while the traditional Mayan daykeepers, priests, and h'men tucked away in the recesses of the Maya lands keep bits of this wisdom in their hearts and traditions.
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By A Customer on 12 May 1999
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Brilliant scholarship, amazing talent and an intuitive feeling for Mayan thought make this book very significant  in understanding the importance of Dec. 21 (Solstice) 2012 as an end and beginning date in our human journey.
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In his final analysis, author John Major Jenkins offers hope; for uncovered in his Maya calender research is the quickening dawn of a new age for humankind. If you're interested in ancient mysteries and their relevance to our present time and near future, then this intelligent work is for you.
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