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Dr. Christian Wells on "The Maya Doomsday Prophecy..."

Tampa, FL - For the last few years, the blogosphere has been buzzing with dire predictions, most notably the claim that the ancient Maya predicted the end of the world in December 2012. This scare is only one symptom of a long-standing cultural preoccupation with the apocalypse.

Dr. Christian Wells, Associate Professor of Anthropology at USF, and a well-known scholar of ancient Maya culture, will address the subject of the ancient Maya Doomsday prophecy and "some helpful tips for surviving the end of the world." 

Wells says, "The ancient Maya were brilliant astronomers and mathematicians, who measured the movements of the heavenly bodies with astounding accuracy. On the eve of their own demise, some 1,200 years ago, they wrote in stone that December 21, 2012 would mark the end of their calendar- the 13th b'ak'tun, a time that would produce 'the display of B'olon-Yokte [the ancient Maya god of war and conflict] in a great investiture."

While it's not clear what the Maya meant by this, it has invited endless speculation. New Agers believe this period corresponds with a global "transformation of consciousness," while astrologers argue that the period will bring an extremely rare "galactic alignment" witnessed only once every 26,000 years. 

Wells will make a different argument, based on archaeological evidence, showing that predictions of a universal doomsday are not found in any classic Maya accounts.

The lecture is open to the public and takes place on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 12:15 p.m on USF Tampa Campus, Westside Conference Center (MHA), Room A. The lecture is scheduled to last one hour.

To register for the lecture and order a $2.50 parking permit, call 813-974-5848 between 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday thru Friday. 

For more information about OLLI-USF and the USF Humanities Institute programs, call Joseph McAuliffe at 813-974-5166 and visit www.usfseniors.org

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