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2 years ago  ::  Jun 12, 2012 - 4:18PM #1
wohali
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All kinds of different folks have all kinds of different "End of the World" stories:

www.exitmundi.nl/exitmundi.htm

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2 years ago  ::  Jun 12, 2012 - 6:11PM #2
allthegoodnamesweretaken
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Jun 12, 2012 -- 4:18PM, wohali wrote:

All kinds of different folks have all kinds of different "End of the World" stories:

www.exitmundi.nl/exitmundi.htm




That's how I know all of this "end of days" stuff is nonsense.  No three year winter.  Give me a 3 year winter, Hel, give me a 2 year winter with no chance of it stopping, and then we will talk.  ;)

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2 years ago  ::  Jun 13, 2012 - 8:45PM #3
wohali
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On the Maya predicting the end of the world:


gizmodo.com/5872896/the-complete-video-g...

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2 years ago  ::  Jun 14, 2012 - 9:48AM #4
MysticWanderer
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The most likely scenario for the end of the Mayan calendar making is on the afternoon of a long hat day.  One Mayan says to his buddies in the calendar shop,"Hey guys, we got calendars 5000 years ahead now.  Even our grandchildren s grandchildren will be dead long before they are needed.  Lets grab some brews and catch the game at the ball court.  I got a buddy who is playing today."  The other guys also being hot, tired and frankly sick of doing the same work all agreed.  Next day they took up bas reliefs for a new temple.

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2 years ago  ::  Jun 15, 2012 - 2:30PM #5
TPaine
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I like some of the end of the world episodes of the Twilight Zone such a "Two" and "The Midnight Sun."

"It is always to be taken for granted, that those who oppose an equality of rights never mean the exclusion should take place on themselves." -- Thomas Paine: Dissertations on First Principles of Government (July 7, 1795)
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2 years ago  ::  Jun 18, 2012 - 10:34PM #6
gorm-sionnach
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If my ancestors has an eschatological narrative, it did not survive to be written down. The closest thing is a prophecy which is given by Badb, which reads more like a diagnostic as opposed to a narrative. These things will occur, and this signifies that the end is nigh.


What is clear, however, is the state the world is supposed to be in, complete disorder to the point of inversion of the "natural order", essentially the things which sustain the world are in such disarray that the entropy gets to a point where renewal is impossible, and the primoridal forces which (again hypothetically as no cosmogenic narrative survives either) were the first things, fire and water (very similar to fire and ice in Icelandic myth), reduce everything to their primordial state. Of course, time being percieved as cyclical, the cycle starts anew and life goes on.


The significance, of course, is that what ought to matter is restated and reinforced, and shown to be essential to the proper maintenence, not only of the social order, but of the natural order which the social order is held to be a natural reflection of. Eschatologial narratives, if they are understood correctly, can inform us about the world view which spawned them, and allow us to gain a deeper understanding of the culture they came from.


They (and myth in general, for the most part) fail when they are treated as history (or future history), and meaning and significance are lost in the search for literal signs and portents.

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2 years ago  ::  Jun 19, 2012 - 3:22AM #7
Namchuck
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Jun 15, 2012 -- 2:30PM, TPaine wrote:


I like some of the end of the world episodes of the Twilight Zone such a "Two" and "The Midnight Sun."




'The Midnight Sun' is one of my favorites!

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