History holds many secrets, and a great number of people have made a fortune trying to explain those secrets to us. Take the mystery surrounding the ancient Mayan secrets. The History Channel, National Geographic, and many others have made millions of dollars teasing us with exposing the Mayan secrets to the universe. The public interest in the Mayans comes partly from them being an ancient and slightly mysterious culture, but mainly from the idea that the calendar they used predicts the end of the world. As we get closer to December 21, 2012, the purported doomsday date, you can expect to see even more coverage on the mystical powers of the Mayan secrets. But, are there really secrets to be told or just lunacy that was posited by a few “experts” looking to make a name for themselves?
The reality of the situation is that we know a lot about the Mayans, and at the same time, we know very little about them. The artifacts we have found tell us some things, but they can only tell us so much. For example, we know that the Mayans were an advanced culture and capable of technology incredibly advanced for their time. We know that they studied the skies and used the cosmos to help with keeping time. We know the general timeframe of their classic period was from around 250 to 900 AD.
However, there are many things that we do not know about them, and probably never will. The Mayan secrets people seek out are of the mystical variety. We want to know about their future telling capabilities, if they had some direct connection with a mystical and more intelligent force. It is likely we will never know any of those secrets with certainty. The written history of the Mayan culture is sparse, specifically when it comes to Mayan predictions. That could mean that predictions where only communicated orally, or that the Mayan shaman only told a select few in the society. It could also mean that they rarely made predictions.
We know that the Mayans used the skies to assist in keeping time, and cultivating their land. Beyond that, we can only guess what else they used them for. The answers to the Mayan secrets, and more importantly if they did in fact predict the end of the world, will be debated through the end of 2012, and possibly beyond. The worst-case scenario is that the Mayans did predict that December 21, 2012 would be the last day of the world and that they were right. On the other hand, they could be wrong, or never have made the prediction in the first place. If the world does not end on December 21, 2012, we may never know if the Mayans made an end of the world prediction. If they did, and the world does end, there will be little we can do, and any other Mayan secrets will forever be a mystery.