Dec. 21, 2012: It’s almost here. For some, this date signals nothing more than the final three days of Christmas shopping. To others, however, it’s considered the end of the world. It is the date on which the 5,125-year-long cycle in Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, closely associated with the Mayan Civilization, will end.
Many people interpret that to mean the world as we know it will come to an end, often referring to Mayan and Hopi Native American prophecies about the end of the world. Many major religions insist the world will come to an end at some point, as well, including Christianity, Islam and Judaism (although none of them indicate it might happen this year). Indeed, as the Earth’s North and South poles shift magnetic positions and a growing number of natural disasters continue to plague the planet, there seems to be plenty of evidence that major change is afoot.