Did the Maya really predict that the world would end in December of 2012? If not, how and why has 2012 millenarianism gained such popular appeal? In this deeply knowledgeable book, two leading historians of the Maya answer these questions in a succinct, readable, and accessible style. Matthew Restall and Amara Solari introduce, explain, and ultimately demystify the 2012 phenomenon. Firmly grounded in historical fact, while also being revelatory and myth-busting, this fascinating book will be essential reading as the countdown to December 21, 2012, begins.
Matthew Restall is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Colonial Latin American History, Anthropology, and Women's Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. Amara Solari is assistant professor of art history at The Pennsylvania State University.
Introduction: You Really Can Survive Chapter 1: The History of the End of the World: The Maya Prediction Chapter 2: They Deserve Better: The Maya Evidence Chapter 3: God Is Angry: The Millenarian Mother Lode Chapter 4: The Moctezuma Factor: The End of the World Comes to Mexico Chapter 5: Apocalypto: The Millennium Comes to the Maya Chapter 6: We Are Almost There: Why People Believe Sources and Suggestions for Further Reading