A recent sighting report in an article written, for a change, factually and not in a tongue-in-cheek manner. Bless those in the media who write news as news and not as sensationalistic commentary.
The following is unrelated to bigfoot… I think… but it’s another interest of mine so I thought I’d share. I’ve been reading quite a bit about 2012 lately. ‘Tis the season, after all.
This webpage from NASA is interesting. It discusses the science behind the internet sensationalism surrounding December 21, 2012 that has been increasing in the past few years.
One bit in particular caught my eye:
It’s almost a sidelight that the winter-solstice sun will never actually “eclipse” the galaxy’s true center, the pointlike radio source marking the Milky Way’s central black hole. Moreover, the winter-solstice sun won’t even pass closest to it on the sky for another 200 years. What did the Maya themselves think about End Times? There is no evidence that they saw the calendar and a world age ending in either transcendence or catastrophe on December 21, 2012. Some Maya Long Count texts refer to dates many baktuns past 13 and even into the next pictun and beyond. For instance, an inscription commissioned in the 7th century A.D. by King Pacal of Palenque predicts that an anniversary of his accession would be commemorated on Oct. 15, 4772.
In all of the Long Count texts discovered, transcribed, and translated, only one mentions the key date in 2012: Monument 6 at Tortuguero, a Maya site in the Mexican state of Tabasco. The text is damaged, but what remains does not imply the end of time.
That got me wondering… What is Monument 6? I looked it up on Wikipedia…
Tortuguero (or El Tortuguero) is an archaeological site in southernmost Tabasco, Mexico which supported a Maya city during the Classic period. The site is noteworthy for its use of the B’aakal emblem glyph also found as the primary title at Palenque. The site has been heavily damaged by looting and modern development; in the 1960s, a cement factory was built directly on top of the site.
Most of the surviving monuments of Tortuguero come from the reign of B’alam Ajaw (“Jaguar Lord”) who ruled from 644 to 679. These record several victories over nearby states and may indicate that both his father and son were named Ik’ Muuy Muwahn.
Monument 6 from Tortuguero is currently generating discussion as it includes the only known inscription depicting the end of the current 13-Bak’tun era in 2012. Grube, Martin and Zender have stated it refers to “the end of the 13th b’ahktun which we will see in the year 2012” and as to what will happen, they say, “…utom, “it will happen” followed by something that we cannot read and he “will descend” yem. The last glyph begins with ta followed by something. However, this is not the end of the world.”
This happy interpretation is supported by Markus Eberl and Christian Prager. They identify the fragmentary word translated above as “descent” seems to be the same one used during building dedications. They also point to a panel on Temple XIV at Palenque, which shows that a positive event took place on July 29, 931,449 BCE involving a vision serpent named Sak Baak Na’ Chapat and his deity K’awiil, which was overseen by B’olon Yokte’ K’uh.
Gillespie and Joyceand also Houston and Stuart have concurred that the inscription on Monument 6 concerns the god(s) Bolon Yokte’ K’uh – specifically “…a calendrical event in the early 21st century AD, at which time, apparently, the god may ‘descend’.” Stuart has recently given a more complete translation: “”The Thirteenth Bak’tun” will be finished (on) Four Ahaw, the Third of K’ank’in. ? will occur. (It will be) the descent(?) of the Nine Support (?) God(s) to the ?.” Gronemeyer gives an epigraphic analysis and calendrical reconstruction of Monument 6 in his Master’s thesis, with illustrations. It has been indicated that ‘Bolon Yokte’ K’Uh’ could refer to the 9 Lords of the Night who featured in both Aztec and Mayan calendars yet remained unnamed in the latter, as the Nine Lords of the Underworld were known as ‘Bolon ti ku’.
Most recently, Gronemeyer and MacLeod have scrutinized Monument 6 again and offer a new interpretation of the passage dealing with the 13-Bak’tun ending. According to them, the inscription announces the witnessing of the deity Bolon Yokte’ K’uh who will be publicly displayed by the occasion of his investiture. By applying several linguistic and ethnographic parallels, this may happen by the enrobing and/or parading of an effigy of the said deity.
Sometimes, when I read passages like this full of unfamiliar terms, my brain checks out and I feel like I’m listening to the Peanuts parents talk. “Wah-WAH-wah-WAH-wah-wah…” Much to the consternation of the guys in my life, listening to discussions about sports has always the same effect on me. But I digress.
My interpretation of this, in layperson’s terms, is as follows:
Here’s Monument 6:
Here’s the translation:
“On December 21, 2012, the 13th Baktun will be terminated. It will happen. Darkness. It will be the descent of the Nine Support Gods to the…” According to the Maya, someone is coming or something is going to happen. Or something like that. Whatever it is, I’m not sure I like the sound of it.
See the lower right side of the tablet? The part that tells us exactly what’s going to happen? It’s gone. GONE. Apparently, we humans built a cement factory on top of these ancient artifacts – which were written in stone, mind you, in order to ensure their survival – and we obliterated the Cosmic punchline in the process.
Does anyone else see the irony here?