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The Suburbanite
  • Who were the Maya? and other predictions

  • Who were the Maya?

    The Maya were a highly sophisticated culture of indigenous, pre-Columbians who lived in current-day Guatemala.

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  • Who were the Maya?
    The Maya were a highly sophisticated culture of indigenous, pre-Columbians who lived in current-day Guatemala.
    Masters of art, mathematics, architecture, pottery and astronomy, they flourished between 2000 BCE and 900 ACE, and are credited with advancing hieroglyphics as a means of communicating. Though their greatest cities were mysteriously abandoned by the year 900, their descendants can be found throughout Central America, where 70 Maya languages are still used.
    Other Failed Predictions:
    1794 — Charles Wesley, the co-founder of Methodism, declared the world would end.
    1814 — British mystic Joanna Southcott declared the world would end on Oct. 19. When she died two months later, her followers kept her body for a time in the hopes she would resurrect.
    1843 — William Miller, a self-taught Bible scholar, convinced thousands of Americans who came to be known as “Millerites” that the world would end between March 1843 and March 1844. He then changed the date to Oct. 22, 1844
    1910 — The appearance of Halley’s Comet caused panic in some circles of religious people who took it as a sign of the apocalypse.
    1914 — Members of Jehovah’s Witness based their end-time prediction on Book of Daniel. The group later made similar predictions for 1915, 1918, 1920, 1925, 1941, 1975 and 1994.
    1997 — Marshall Applewhite and 38 members of the “Heaven’s Gate” cult committed mass suicide in conjunction with the arrival of the Hale-Bopp comet. Members believed that the comet was actually a UFO, coming to retrieve them. The members, who lived a strict and identical regimen, produced videos that their religion offered a last chance to evacuate earth before it was “recycled.”
    1999 — Some people interpreted writings by Nostradamus as stating that July would mark the world’s end.
    2000 — The end of one century, and the beginning of another, or “Y2K,”  spurred some panic in people who amassed “survival”  equipment.
    Sources: Biography; the History Channel;
    listverse.com; Religion Dispatches Magazine