The human race is obsessed with its own demise. We are mesmerized by tragic events, particularly natural disasters like tsunamis, earthquakes, and hurricanes. There is not a country in the world that has not experienced some catastrophic natural disaster. In 2011 alone, there was Japan’s earthquake and tsunami, another earthquake in New Zealand, the twister outbreak in the US, and massive flooding in Australia, all which contributed to making 2011 “one of the costliest years for natural disasters” (Llanos, 2011). Natural disasters show no prejudice; they can affect anyone, in any country, at anytime. Therefore, it is not surprising that the end of the Winter Solstice marking the end of the 13th Maya Calendar, on December 21, 2012 has generated an international interest. The media has christened this event as the “end of the world” and although many scholars stress that the end of the 13th Maya Calendar this does not mean catastrophe, it is still considered an international phenomenon for the predicated results of mass destruction will affect the entire human race (Allsop, 2012). The social institute of the media has capitalized on the world’s obsession with death with the portrayal of this apocalypse through books, internet blogs and articles, movies, and commentaries. The movie “2012” depicting the shattering events in the year 2012, for example, generated a worldwide lifetime gross of $766,812,167 (Nash Information Systems, LLC, n.d.). Interest is rising in this fascinating prediction and more people will head off to Middle American to obtain information about the Mayans. Consequently, it is not surprising that Mexico, primary home of the Mayan Civilization, would also take advantage of and benefit from this event. ... ... middle of paper ... ...Mexico Tourism Benefits from End of Maya Calendar. Retrieved February 11, 2012, from Mexico Real Estate News and Blog: http://www.investmentpropertiesmexico.com/mexico-real-estate-news-blog/2011/10/mexico-tourism-benefits-from-end-of-maya-calendar Llanos, M. (2011, July 7). 2011 already costliest year for natural disasters. Retrieved February 9, 2012, from MSNBC.com: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43727793/ns/world_news-world_environment/t/already-costliest-year-natural-disasters/#.Tzmpd8XLwos Nash Information Systems, LLC. (n.d.). Movie Budgets. Retrieved February 9, 2012, from The Numbers: http://www.the-numbers.com/movies/records/allbudgets.php The Sacramento Bee. (n.d.). Mexico Launches Mayan Tourism Campaign for 2012. Retrieved February 4, 2012, from mexicomeetingsnetwork.com: http://www.mexicomeetingsnetwork.com/news/mexico-launches-mayan-tourism-campaign-2012
This book focuses on different types of calendars from a number of different places all around the world. This specific chapter, even more specifically this section, focuses on the Mayan calendar. These calendars were written by honored members of their aristocracy and were held to be of great value. The Spanish invaders believed them to be instruments of the devil and burnt great quantities of them. E. G. Richards explains that only four Mayan books are survive in the libraries of Europe, and one of those—The Dresden codex—suffered severe damage in another fire, one which was inflicted on that city in the Second World War. Richards says that the earliest record of a calendar survives from about 500 BC in Monte Alban near Oaxaca. This calendar employs a 260-day cycle, which was commonly used by several societies and is still in use among the present-day inhabitants of the region. The Maya used the calendar partly to anticipate propitious days to embark on wars and other activities. It was also used to record on stone pillars, or stelae, important events in the lives of their kings and to relate these to more mythical events of the past. The Mayan calendar system involved two major methods of specifying a specific date—the calendar round and the long count. The calendar round was used to specify a date within a period of about 52 years, while the long count served to relate such dates within a longer period named a great cycle. The calendar round involved three interlocking cycles of 13, 20, and 365 days respectively. The 365-day cycle was called a haab and was similar to the Egyptian wandering year. Each haab was divided into 18 periods called uinals; each uinal had 20 days and a name. The 18 uinal were followed by five epagomen...
The Mayans were more of a remarkable civilization than the Aztecs. The first reason is that in the Mayan civilization their architecture was way more advanced than the Aztec’s architecture. In Document D it explains how the architecture in the Mayan civilization their architecture ranks as one of the great pre-industrial cultures of the world. They built many different types of building such as palaces, civic buildings, ball courts, steam baths, canals, reservoirs, and a domed observatory. The second reason is that the used a 3 calendar system throughout their civilization as mentioned in Document F. They used one as a sacred or ritual calendar with a cycle of 260 days. The second calendar they used was the civil calendar that consisted of
The human mind harbors a very rich imagination when it comes to the envisioning of our demise, demonstrating the individual’s appeal towards this notion, because we love to play with the idea of an impending apocalypse and what comes after it.
The Yucatan food was developed or people who were involved in developing it, were Mayans. Maya culture was component of this self-determining evolutionary process. Located in eastern Meso-america, the Maya flourished in a varied homeland of Mexico. The Maya produced bountiful harvests of food from a diverse and productive agricultural structure that incorporated irrigation, & drained fields in shallow lakes. “Religious festivals are a part of life in Yucatan. Every city, and state have its own specific festivals throughout
The Maya were an advanced society, rich and full extraordinary architecture with great complexity of patterns and variety of expressions, that flourished in Mesoamerica long before the arrival of the Spanish in the sixteenth century. They were skilled architects, building prodigious cities of primarily of limestone that remain a thousand years after their civilization fell into decline. Greatness and Grandeur was the signature of all Mayan cities, from the terminal pre-classic period and continued until the abandonment of all the city states by the beginning of the ninth century. The Maya built pyramids, temples, palaces, walls, residences and more. The limestone structures, faced with lime stucco, were the hallmark of ancient Maya architecture.
The fear of the world ending has for a long time, even though the thought isn’t always at the top of our mind nor our biggest problem but it is still a worry that affects many. Whether it's an asteroid hitting earth, a zombie apocalypse, or a killer plague, we often think about what we would do when the world ends. We think about our families and our daily lives taking a turn for the worst. Some people even suffer daily from the fear that the world might end at any second and it's known as the doomsday phobia. Although most of us don’t have the doomsday phobia it is still something that we think about. Most of us think about the end of the world as only a sify movie while there are others preparing for a day that the syfi blockbuster movie
As you can see, Mexico is a big jumbled mass of culture and problems. Although many want to solve Mexico’s issues, the funding isn’t there and the conflicts continue. Many traditions and culture happen in everyday life that is very symbolic to people in Mexico. ("Mexico and Central America." The Ford Foundation. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Mar. 2014). Crime and war is at an all-time high but Mexico continues to push for the top in all things to become the best country that they can be.
I am going to tell you about a famous, yet kinda eerie celebration that takes place in mexico. This is a tradition celebrated by the Mexican Natives, most Mexican Americans (including myself) don’t even acknowledge this day, unless they happen to be visiting mexico at the time of this event.
Throughout the course of history, there have been some really tragic disasters that have claimed the lives of millions of people and destroyed our economy. To mention a few in recent times, Hurricane Katrina, Mount St. Helens, The Haiti Earthquake, The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill, The 1993 Superstorm, etc. Not all mega disasters have caused death and destruction, but over time most have. Most causes for these disasters have been the combination of weather, climate, chemicals, and nature. For example, earthquakes are the cause of Earth's tectonic plates moving (not all of them are but most). Earthquakes cause the ground to shake and buildings to collapse.
The Long Count calendar, also known as the astronomical calendar, (the one that caused all the doomsday panic and prophecies) was used to cover longer periods of time. The Mayans called these long periods of time the “Universal Cycle”. The Mayans believed the universe gets destroyed and is then recreated with the beginning of each universal cycle. This belief is what fuels end of the world prophecies, especially those stemming from the Mayan calendar.
I have chosen to write about the effect of natural disasters on our global society. Natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, wildfires, tornados, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and floods have killed thousands of people over the past years. Studies have shown that natural disasters are becoming more common due to climate change. Natural disasters are classified into two groups, climate related and geophysical disasters. Climate related disasters include floods, wildfires, hurricanes, and tsunamis. Geophysical disasters include earthquakes, volcanoes, rock falls, landslides, and avalanches
The Maya culture has a long history that started in about 1000 BC. The history of the Maya is divided up into four different time periods: The Middle Preclassic Period, Late Preclassic Period, Classic Period, and Postclassic Period. The Middle Preclassic Period was when the small areas started to become city-like in the way that they started to build larger temples. The Late Preclassic Period was when the cities began to expand with paved roads and massive pyramids. The Classic Period was the time the Maya civilization hit it’s peak. Populations were growing rapidly and the structure of politics was formed. The Postclassic Period was when warfare was on the rise and cities were being abandoned(Coe 2005). This paper will focus on the Classic Period due to the fact that that is the greatest time period in Maya history.
The total cost of these events combined was over $1 trillion (“Billion-dollar weather and,”). While the long-term effects are hard to determine, the short-term issues impact individuals and business by causing them to assume a good deal of losses (Gottesdiener, 2011). The graph outlines the increasing costs caused by natural disasters in the past few decades. With the effect of global warming taking hold, it is doubtful that these numbers will decrease in years to