I find it amazing that someone like Calleman is considered "a Mayan scholar", when, clearly the guy has come out of left field with ideas that are not at all supported by the over 100 years of actual scholarship in the area of Maya studies. It proves that if you continue to repeat stuff, eventually people will come to believe they are true. Repetition does NOT make something true friends.
Generally, people don't bother to find out the truth for themselves. They rely on others partly due to time and energy constraints. Things are just too complex and there is only so much time in a day. The problem with this, is that unless they do some research themselves, they will not be able to determine the credibility of so-called experts. They will continue to pass on erroneous information.
The fact that Calleman has been able to impose his ideas on the general public continues to turn my stomach. So many have taken his fantasy for the truth. His material is not based on anything real in Mayan culture past or present.
According to Calleman, the end of the calender will occur this month. BS!!!!
Who is this guy?
Recently I read yet another 2012 book. 2012 and the End of the World: The Western Roots of the Maya Apocalypse, by Matthew Restall and Amara Solari. Both academics, they show how the apocalyptic views of the first Catholic missionaries who went to Mexico during the Conquest period influenced the Maya and thus showed up in documents written during that period. The so-called predictions in the Chilam Balam which reflect the Book of Revelations are there because the scribes who wrote them had already taken on beliefs from the Judeo-Christian Bible. The book is short and easy to read. I recommend it.