An expert's view on the end of the world

There's been a lot of talk surrounding the so called "end of the world." Friday, December 21, is when many are preparing for the worst.

The idea stems from an ancient Mayan calendar. So, Newscenter 16 spoke with expert and museum curator Douglas Bradley about his thoughts on the "end of the world."

"There's no relationship between the end of the world and any kind of calendrical notion in the Maya or Aztec or any other Mesoamerican calendar that we know of," says Bradley.

The idea is simply an ancient myth, and according to Bradley, Friday is just the end of one calendar period, and the start to another.

"No expert who knows anything about the Maya calendar is concerned at all that the world will end tomorrow. I think that people are gullible and that this is one of the most crazy examples of that that we're likely to see in the near future."

Another interesting fact, it wasn't even the Mayans who originated the calendar.

"We know that this calendar was practiced by all Mesoamerican peoples. The Maya simply developed a fancy way of writing it down, and they are justly famous for their calendrical and calegraphic arts, but they were simply following the calendar that had been established by 1500 BC by the Olmec civilization."

All in all, Bradley says the "end of the world" frenzy is likely just a publicity scam.

"It's the end of their calendar year [Mayans]. It has nothing to do with the end of the world unless you're trying to sell books."

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