MuscledHorse saidI never understood why people gave the notion any serious thought as it has been presented in the popular press. I mean they think the Aztecs could see the end of the world but yet somehow they were unable to see the coming destruction from the Europeans. Seriously??
OMG, ALL this information is incorrect
1) Its the Maya calendar we speak of, NOT the Aztecs
2) They NEVER predicted the end of the world.. that is some media hype
3) They DID predict the coming of the European and the destruction of the Americas... all of them did.. the Mayas, the Aztecs, the Navajo, the Caribbean tribes.. they ALL had predictions of a god-like human with much power and heavily clothed and bearded to come from the west which would conquer them....
I do not understand. How is this not common knowledge?? In my country.. this is elementary school stuff !! Ive known pretty much all of the above since I was ten... we all do here
Well in my country, we have MTV which (WAS) way better than social studies
Sorry. My error! I know the Aztecs and Myans are idfferent and simply wasn't paying attention when I typed that. I did NOT know, however, that they had predicted the coming of the Europeans.
O ok sorry, I was being impatient as well.. my bad.. Ive heard so much to this subject circulating I get frustrated explaining it
So the examples: the Taino of Puerto Rico and other islands had tales of a clothed people that would rule them and cause much death among them.. a story noted down in 1496, just years after contact was made:
The Aztec and Toltec tales were of a god, white, with a beard, who would return from the east.. (sorry, I had the direction wrong) the Mayas prophesied the 16th century would bring much war and disease from the "white men"http://bci.org/prophecy-fulfilled/mayan.htm
The Navajo indians speak of a trickster god who would return to take revenge.. he is said to have left uttering the word "a-di-os" among their legends.. the first whites to enter Navajo land were spanish, and so they believed this was their prophecy coming true... The Hopi legends speak of four main "tribes" of people... the purple corn tribe, the red corn tribe, the yellow corn tribe, and the white corn tribe (nowadays interpreted as Africans, Aryans, Asians, and Americans)... one story goes that if the white tribe would come and if they had remembered the human brotherhood.. they would create a world based on peace... if the white tribe had forgotton their human brotherhood, however, it meant bad times...
So most tribes said the white gods would come from the east... many also never opposed them because they believed them to be gods, or because the priests advised them not to fight the white men.. there are many reasons, but the stories of an alien race entering the continent and heavily impacting the world, either positively, if done in good spirit and an enlightened fashion, or negatively, if in bad spirit, can be found in plentiful new world cultures.......
One the one hand, this was unfortunate.. the belief in the powerful, divine invader led many peoples to try to win over the invader by welcoming them and letting them enter into their villages.. once they saw that the Europeans were only after gold, they usually would send them away... or they would turn to the European side to win over neighbouring tribes that they were at war with (for example, the Mayans and the Aztecs, who absolutely hated each other haha).. on the other hand.. we dont know what would have happened if they had NOT tried to welcome such a powerful invader really... they might have had even more bloodshed had they not been open to their plentiful prophecies .. we'll never know that I guess...
On the plus-side.. most of the prophecies said that there will be a time of peace and harmony on earth after a period of much war and disease.. most cultures have such prophecies.. even the Christian ones.. this is where, I believe, most of the hype about the "end of the world" comes from.. and for safety's sake, perhaps everybody is pinning all these prophecies on the Mayan calendar... but the stories of a time of "heaven on earth" are pretty much universal, but they also always say that the danger is that we destroy ourselves completely before that happens
In all honesty, I think most of these end-of-the-world stories are pretty much true for our present times.. we as humans have had the unprecedented power of destroying our planet and ourselves several times over ever since the 20th century.. all throughout the 20th century movements against global armament and environmental destruction have begun to crop up left and right.. mostly in response to the perceived danger of self-destruction... In that sense.. the prophecies were right on the money.... once the human race begins to perceive its power and the danger it puts itself in, it has little choice but to build this so-called "paradise-on-earth" that the stories are all about, lest it disappears directly into oblivion on its own accord through war and waste