Doomsday? Not even followers of Mayan beliefs thought so

2012-12-21 00:00

THE long-awaited day marking the end of the Mayan calendar has finally arrived, and while some have dubbed it “doomsday”, even locals who follow Mayan beliefs confidently expect an ordinary day.

Charismatic Howick resident Rob McLaren — recognised by the big stick he carries — said that based on past predictions he would lead his day normally, expecting no changes.

“To me it’s just another day, but all you’ve got really is the moment.

“So one’s future is created in one’s mind. It doesn’t exist.

“But this will be a new cycle, with many events predicted over the decades. I don’t believe it will happen tomorrow, but if it does happen I’m flexible enough to take it on the chin,” he said.

Buried deep in rural Dargle near Howick, the small, ecologically friendly community of Zuvuya, whose residents base most of their beliefs on Mayan prophecy, said they, too, were not preparing for any catastrophic event.

Speaking from his self-built home, in a community marked with Mayan insignia, Kevin Payne said they chose to be isolated from urban and suburban areas as they were “people-shy” and wanted a “spiritual awakening from living closer to nature”.

“Zuvuya is the Mayan term for ‘gateway to the stars’. We are a part of a huge global movement. People here believe that ancient civilisations have a lot of wisdom to impart to modern society in terms of values we have lost.

“The 21st of December will be the start of a new era and a new cycle of time. I don’t foresee any major changes, but weather patterns have already changed and have gotten worse; it’s going to intensify from here on.”

The chairperson of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa in Durban, Logan Govender, called December 21 predictions the “greatest hoax in history”.

“The Mayan calendar is only recorded until December 21, 2012; it doesn’t mark the end of the world.

“Some clever tricksters have managed to use this information to create a hoax. It’s also believed that a new planet was on a collision course with Earth, but the closest planet to our own [course] is Pluto, which is now even too small to be regarded as a planet.

“Right now it’s too late to for a planet to collide with Earth as we would have already seen in it,” he said.

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