December 21, 2012 - The end of the world? | Museum Volkenkunde
December 21, 2012 - The end of the world?
What made people speculate about the end of the world on December 21, 2012? According to some, the Mayan calendar would have ended on that date. And, that the Mayans have predicted that that event means the end of the world. According to others it meant that December 21 would have marked the beginning of a new era, in which humanity learns to live and interact in a different manner. Yet again, according to others, it would have marked the beginning of a new cycle in the Mayan calendar. However, this means nothing with regard to our society and to the way we organize our lives. The temporary exhibition "December 21, 2012: the end of the world?" examines the contents of the various theories on 12.21.2012 and explains where these theories were based on.