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So how is it that we find ourselves here once again with Doomsday close at hand? This time around it's the Maya calendar and the fact that some interpretations say it ends on December 21, 2012. Some believe that signals the end for planet Earth - at least as we know it. (Or perhaps this signals an end to end-of-the-world predictions?) Palenque in Chiapas, Mexico - a site of the Maya from the Late Classic Period: 600-800 A.D.
This time on Tapestry, Mary investigates the latest cultural obsession with the Apocalypse. She begins her quest with Elizabeth Graham
, an archeologist who has spent her career digging at Maya sites. She says she's had just about enough of this 2012 business!
Next, Mary speaks with Tom Perotta
. He's a best-selling novelist who thought he knew all about scary. Then he started doing research into the End Times, also known as the Rapture.
Finally, we hear from David Spangler
on the subject. David is a writer, a teacher and a freelance mystic. He was one of the early founders of the Findhorn Community
in Scotland. Spangler says when he looks around at all the fuss over 2012, he sees a kind of Apocalypse Porn.
And a web only feature.... Digging into the archives, we wanted to repost something special. On the Tapestry of January 31, 2010, Garvia Bailey
shared a revealing essay about her experience of the Rapture - or what she thought was the Rapture. Bailey was only a child when she believed her mother had been lifted up into heaven, leaving her behind. Listen here