Local Residents Spot Bigfoot In West Virginia… and 2012

Happy Holidays!

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.

Local Residents Spot Bigfoot In West Virginia

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 Tabasco.

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?

 

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16 Comments

  1. VANCE
    Posted December 22, 2011 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    Mankind is like a man going out into a blizard with temperatures at -50 below and deciding to pee into the wind.

  2. Shy1
    Posted December 22, 2011 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    Thank you,
    Keep up the good work!
    Your not alone in your interest…..
    Keep your eye on the sun’s flare’s
    Even Nasa in on it check it out for your selves.
    (2012 Nasa sun flares prediction)

  3. wco
    Posted December 22, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Wake me when it’s over…..

    -Bill

  4. Sunny Lindley
    Posted December 22, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    LOL!!!!! That last line is hilarious… no surprise that happened, there is sooo much irony happening all around the world right now. “Stay Tuned.” Thanks for this article. :D

  5. Posted December 22, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    It bugs me that any positive interpretation of the Mayan prophecy is being ignored in favor of the apocalypse scenarios of many religions. I am quite the pessimist regarding humanity (in general), but I much prefer the predictions that humanity will finally grow a brain and we will survive into the future.

  6. bobby in SC
    Posted December 22, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    Autumn,
    Yet another interest we share – The Maya only predicted a cycle not the end of time. End of time is the hype that media tries to sensationalize! The gravity of the line-up of the sun, earth and center of the galaxy will not be significantly greater than it is today or was last year.
    And all the idiots that sensationalize talking about a pole shift and how it has happened in the past on earth never mention in the same sentence that it took hundreds of thousands of years to transition from one pole to the other each and every time. I subscribe to a more proven set of prophecies that have been 100% correct over time which contradicts any date that has been chosen for end of the world by others.
    Just my 2-cents on the perceived hysteria forth-coming for 2012. – bobby

  7. Mick
    Posted December 22, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

    When I read early on in the article that a cement factory had been built on top of the site, I went slightly slack-jawed. “Thousands of years old, let’s smash it to the ground and put a car park here!”. It kind of reminded me of that episode of Jim Henson’s ‘Dinosaurs’ (did you ever watch that?). The episode I’m thinking of is when Robbie gets a job with the Wesayso Corporation… “Look… a tree… nature’s wonder. Tall, majestic… alive for a thousand years… *dinosaur pushes it over with a mighty crash* … now it’s dead. There’s something you can be proud of!”

    The conspiracy theorist in me almost wonders if it was a deliberate act to render the tablet unreadable. Probably not, probably just good old fashioned human stupidity. Is that any better?

  8. Mike
    Posted December 23, 2011 at 4:36 am | Permalink

    The Mayans had a Calendar, good for them ! I hate all this Armageddon nonsense as foretold by this seer and that seer or this race of Primitives or that one, no- one can foretell the Future, Tarot Cards don,t work, Crystal balls neither, the Planets don’t have as much effect on my Life as the Person I happen to be sitting next to, there is no such thing as Supernatural, Ghosts or any such nonsense. The Natural world and the Cosmos is stranger by far than any of this New Age Nonsense, as JBS Halding said ” The Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, its queerer than we CAN suppose”

  9. apehuman
    Posted December 23, 2011 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    A nice clean article I agree, but anecdotal and published over hard evidence suspect b/c provided b those seeking…

    On NASA… it makes me feel like our Gov doesn’t think too much of the masses/citizens to even produce such a response to the 2012 “phenom” of the many and various groups anticipating any meaning from whatever we think we know…

    Lets hope 2012 is illuminating!
    Cheers!

    [Editor's note: On NASA - I got the same impression. It's like NASA is saying "My science poops on your belief!" :D]

  10. Chuck
    Posted December 23, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    To Mike:
    “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)
    Blaise Pascal wrote, “The fact there are so many false ways is proof there must be one true.”
    Please don’t say something does not exist. You may just be unable to perceive it. The “scientific” community denies the existence everything they cannot observe, or which their instruments cannot detect; Yet billions are spent looking for the “God Particle” based upon the mathematical calculations of one of their peers. Arrogance and hypocrisy abound!

  11. wco
    Posted December 23, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    How can you “research” something without an open mind, or a willingness to understand…all facets of your subject.

    For some “researchers”, empathy is simply not a motivating factor.

    -Bill

  12. Mike
    Posted December 24, 2011 at 4:37 am | Permalink

    To Chuck,
    How can Faith be said to be evidential proof? “Hebrews” as for Pascal theres always got to be a right way thats just common sense. There is evidence of the so called “God” Particle or Higgs Boson and “The God Particle” is a complete misnomer, the HB is the Keystone that that keeps the Bridge of the other Particles intact, in other words it keeps the Universe as we know it functioning ,otherwise it all falls apart , and I confidently predict it will be observed in the next few months. Faith is what caused those Maniacs to blow themselve up, give me Scientific Proof everytime.

  13. chris b.
    Posted December 24, 2011 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    mayan calendar…hmmm…from the same civilization that performed human sacrafice and the entire culture self destructed and dissappeared? not sure how much faith i put in their calendar, but then again i believe in bigfoot and most people look at you like you’ve just escaped the asylum when you drop that bombshell on them!

  14. Mick
    Posted December 24, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    Hi Autumn,

    I just read this, and thought you might find it at least interesting.

    http://www.examiner.com/architecture-design-in-national/massive-1-100-year-old-maya-site-discovered-georgia-s-mountains

  15. Buffalospirit
    Posted December 28, 2011 at 3:06 am | Permalink

    I love reading your work … and it is indeed hilarious that man wiped out the last part of that tablet, the “Cosmic punchline” as you so humorously put it. Does not surprise me at all – irony, irony, irony! This whole Mayan prophesy thing does have me wondering, however, and the solar flares are what make it more “realistic” to me … guess we will just have to wait and see what kind of a ride 2012 will bring us!

  16. Gary
    Posted January 7, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    Maybe, the Universe is telling us that we are all going to be given cement shoes by the new world order of 9 nations unless we make up our minds on who to blame for the global economic ressesion!