Well, we got through the notorious day 12-12-12, when doomsday Mayan hieroglyphics foretold the end of the world. Aren't you relieved? But we are not out of the woods.
With their surprisingly seasonal, covertly Christian expectations of doom, contemporary neo-pagans remind us (at least this December) that judgment draweth nigh. Even while countless Christmas carolers forget.
No one knows precisely what time the end is to occur -- my only hope is that the shock doesn't give me a heart attack and I miss the amazing once-in-a-lifetime feeling of being sucked into a black hole.
Everyone is talking about December 21, 2012, but beneath the hype and conjecture about fate there are some very deep and interesting cultural phenomen...
Think Y2K was scary? This is Y2K plus a dozen! We needed a dose of reality to calm our nerves, so we went straight to the source, the Mayan ruins at Tulum.
"There apparently is a great deal of interest in celestial bodies, and their locations and trajectories at the end of the calendar year 2012. Now I, f...
The Winter Solstice of this year, 12.21.12, is the most auspicious occasion in modern memory. No other date resonates with such ancient warnings and c...
Recently, I've been hearing two phrases from friends and colleagues more than I can remember: "Time is flying so fast," and "Everything feels so inten...
Here's where we suggest going to either cope with the impending end of everything you've ever held dear or known or try to avoid the horrific fait that awaits as all as the dark gods of old take their revenge on mankind for its egotism in the face of time.
This year, I labeled myself several things. Now, I don't feel the need to defend my labels anymore. I feel like those labels were job titles and that the jobs were completed. My shift is over.
If we enter the Advent journey with a different perspective on time, the apocalyptic texts speak afresh.
Here's a selection of top hotels in which to spend your last nights in style -- by basking on the beautiful beaches of Bora Bora, living out your romantic fairytale getaway in Paris or gambling it all away in Sin City.
If we, too, many years ago discussed in heated terms the world's probable doom, if we fought against our own existential crises, we also tamped down our fears down enough to bring our children into the world. Was that an act of faith or foolishness?
Thousands of websites, television shows, magazines and books feed on peoples' fear that the "end" is near. Just take one look on any online book retailer and you will see "2012" is hot property.
From Yucatan to Honduras and centrally throughout Guatemala, the new scholarship on Maya is a veritable industry. Confounding clarity, popular media culture has run amok with the prophetic day.
What is certain is that the idea of apocalypse -- the myth of the word's end -- exercises a real, enduring power over the human imagination. Not a year goes by when some would-be prophet or other begins counting down to doomsday.