Mixed in with all the Christmas joy this coming festive season is one big, fairly existential, question: What if the Maya calendar is correct and the world ends on December 21 2012?
While admittedly no one will be able to correctly answer that question until the world does, or does not end; the Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum is offering all the chance to be better prepared.
The so-called Dresdner Maya-Codex is one of only three surviving hand written Maya texts – and as the oldest of the three offers a unique insight not only into the thinking and science of the Maya, but also contains the “truth” behind the December 21 2012 Doomsday scenario.
Written in the first half of the 13th century the Dresdner Maya-Codex comprises some 39 pages and was purchased in 1739 by Johann Christian Goetze, the first librarian of the Saxon State Library. Although from begin on recognised as a historically important and valuable object it wasn’t until Charles Etienne Brasseur de Bourbourg recognised the text as being Maya in 1853 that its true value was known and the targeted translation and research began.
And yes the calendar starts in the year 3114 BC and ends …. in 2012.
On Tuesday December 4th Susan Steinert from the Technische Universität Dresden will present a lecture in the Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum in which she will explain the background to and history of a document that has aroused so much attention and so help explain the mysteries held within
And offer a little advice as to if its worth wrapping your Christmas presents…….
Der Dresdner Maya-Codex und seine Entzifferung
Tuesday December 4th @ 7pm in the Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum. And in German.
Tickets Euro 4,00 / Concessions 2,00