What Do Other Cultures Say About This Time?
If the Mayans did place serious significance on 2012, many 2012 proponents say they're not alone.
"We knew there was a very transformative time coming," says Sharron Rose, writer/director for the documentary "2012 The Odyssey." There were many cultures pointing to this time in general."
While no other culture tabs December 21 as the big day, Rose and her husband (and fellow holistic expert and filmmaker) Jay Weidner, say the Hindus, Incas, Tibetans, ancient Hebrews, and others suggested that the world would be due for a massive transformation around now. And most thought this transformation might be pretty positive.
According to "2012: Science or Superstition" by Bruce, traditional Hindus believe we're living in dark times indeed: According to "The Mahabharata," a Vedic text, the Kali Yuga, or "Age of Vice," where people "take vows only to break them soon after … people will for without reason destroy trees and gardens … people will become addicted to intoxicating drinks [and] Men will find their jobs stressful and will go to retreats to escape from work." Sounds horrible, doesn't it? But the good news is that, once we're done with the age of vice, we'll walk into a happier, more virtuous age – either the Dwapara Yuga, where we'll grow far taller and live far longer, or better yet, the Satya Yuga, where we won't die at all until we're good and ready to move on. Indeed, many cultures think we're heading into a veritable heaven on earth.
While traditional Hinduism teaches we've barely begun our cycle in the Kali Yuga, many 2012 proponents say its end is, cosmically speaking, right around the corner -- if it hasn't ended already