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German Expert: decoding of Mexico Mayan tablet to 2012 date not an end but a new era
By Gobby Wang
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2011-12-01 05:25 PM
According to AP, it reported, a German expert stated that his decoding of a Mayan tablet with a reference to a 2012 date denotes a transition to a new era. However, it is not a possible end of the world like others have read it before.

Sven Gronemeyer of La Trobe University in Australia presented the interpretation of the hieroglyphs for the first time on Wednesday at the archaeological site of Palenque in southern Mexico.

Gronemeyer has been studying the stone tablet found for many years at the archeological site of Tortuguero in Mexico's Gulf coast state of Tabasco.

He indicated that the inscription describes the return of mysterious Mayan god Bolon Yokte at the end of a 13th period of 400 years, known as Baktuns, on the equivalent of Dec. 21, 2012. Besides, 13 is considered by Mayans as a sacred number. “There's nothing apocalyptic in the date,” he said.

Gronemeyer also claimed that the inscription refers to the end of a cycle of 5,125 years since the beginning of the Mayan Long Count calendar in 3113 B.C. “The fragment was a prophecy of then ruler Bahlam Ajaw, who wanted to plan the passage of the god,” Gronemeyer said.

"For the elite of Tortuguero, it was clear they had to prepare the land for the return of the god and for Bahlam Ajaw to be the host of this initiation," he said.

"The date acquired a symbolic value because it is seen as a reflection of the day of creation," Gronemeyer said. "It is the passage of a god and not necessarily a great leap for humanity."

Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology had announced a second inscription mentioning the 2012 date is on the carved or molded face of a brick found at the Comalcalco ruin, near the Tortuguero site a week ago. However, it is stored up at the institute and not for display at the moment.

On the other hand, many experts doubt about the second inscription is a definite reference to the date cited as the possible end of the world which it says there is no future tense marking like there is in the Tortuguero tablet.

The institute has tried to drive away the talk of a 2012 apocalypse which the subject of numerous postings and stories on the Internet. Its newest step was to set up a special round table of Mayan experts this week at Palenque where Gronemeyer announced his observations.

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