Dec. 21, 2012 may seem like just another day to some, but to doomsday believers across the world, it was to be the beginning of Armageddon.
In the “History” channel’s “2012 The End is Now” documentary, experts discuss a Native American tribe called the Hopi and their beliefs. The word Hopi means “peaceful people.” The Hopi tribe members believe that they have already survived the end of three worlds and are preparing for the end of the fourth in December 2012. The tribe claims the first world was ended by fire, the second by the Ice Age, and the third by the Great Flood. The documentary points out that the Hopi believe the fourth world, our current world, will end in volcanism. The Hopi’s end of the world prediction has been on track so far with the hurricanes and tsunami’s as of late. The Hopi prophecies have been passed down by mouth from generation to generation. They believe that there are nine signs of the end of the world many of which have already come to pass. Things like the sea turning black- oil spills- and a spider web sprawled out across the Earth- the World Wide Web.
Thousands believe strongly in the Hopi tribe’s predictions however, millions worry about the Mayan calendar's event projections. As the Mayan calendar has predicted past disasters, people around the world fear the end of the Mayan calendar will lead to great catastrophes. As the Mayan and Hopi predictions have been identical, it is believed that they met up somewhere between South America and Arizona in ancient times to exchange information. It is also believed that the Hopi are masters of space and the Mayans are masters of time. This explains why the Hopi pass down information and detail about the history and future of the earth while the Mayan provide a calendar with specific dates.
It is believed that Nostradamus said the world would end in 2012. However, he predicted it would end in the year 3797 from burning rocks falling from the heavens. This is very similar to the Hopi prediction that a blue star will appear to signal the end of the world.
In an article entitled “Ready for Doomsday,” by Tom Leonard posted online via “Mail Online,” it ensures that “NASA, the U.S. space agency, even has a section debunking the theories of impending doom on its website.” The article introduces families that believe so strongly in the world ending on Dec. 21, 2012, they have shared they are planning on killing themselves and their families.
“Yesterday I was considering killing myself, the baby in my stomach and my beloved 2-year-old daughter before December 2012 for fear of having to experience the Earth’s destruction,” says one woman. Another from a 13-year-old American, wrote: ‘I am considering suicide. I am scared to tears . . . I don’t want to live any more. I deserve an explanation.’ A third wrote: ‘I am so scared. My only friend is my little dog. When should I put her to sleep so she won’t suffer when the Earth is destroyed?’”
The documentary claims the Maya and Hopi tell us that, “The biggest threat to our future will simply be, as always, us.” The morning of Dec. 21, the skies are still blue and no volcanoes are erupting. As a popular Jell-O commercial says, “We’ll see you on the 22!”