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Movie 2012 really prophesies the end of world?

By: By: Shekhar H Hooli
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John Cusack-Amanda Peet starrer Hollywood movie 2012, which is set for the worldwide release on November 13, has created lot of curiosity as well as disappointment among the people. Directed by Roland Emmerich, the film explores the idea of a global doomsday event that coincides with the end of the Mayan Calendar on December 21, 2012.

Now, the biggest question before academics and scientists whether 2012 is the end of the world or it is a publicity stunt by film-makers of 2012. Several scholars have claimed it that the Mayans did not predict the end. Traditional spiritual healer Carrera denies 2012 is the end of the world as per Mayan.

Instead Carrera sees this year as a very beneficial period in human history. It is a time of rebirth as the calendar clicks over and starts again. He says, "There will be change. All the signs are there, with the economy, the world weather, the Earth. It will be a time of rebirth. Newness. Not destruction."

Gyles Iannone, Mayanist and associate professor of anthropology at Trent University in Peterborough, Ont., explains that the Maya calendar doesn't end on Dec. 21, 2012. According to him, the Mayan calendar is much more complex than the calendar system we use today. In a purely calendric aspect, 2012 doesn't mean a thing. The cycle does not wind up for another 2,700 years.

He opines that there is nothing to suggest anything about the end of the world. The big-budget disaster movie 2012 is riding a wave of studio publicity. People are taking the date as the day for downfall of civilization. Finally he says, “it's is a movie, let's not forget that fact."

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