2012 Survival Guide: A practical planner for the worst case scenario

World Ages and Their Demise

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Eyewitness Accounts of an Apocalypse

Just as the concept of world ages was preserved in classical literature, so too were many descriptions about how prior doomsdays played out.

In the case of the Hopis, before the First World was obliterated, some members of the tribe were instructed by the god Stuknang to evacuate their homeland. To accomplish this, they followed a certain cloud by day and a star by night. Once the refugees were safely tucked away in a mountainside:

“[God] rained fire upon [the world].  He opened up the volcanoes.  Fire came from above and below and all around until the earth, the waters, the air, all was one element, fire, and there was nothing left except the people safe inside the womb of the earth.”

At the end of the Hopi Second World, the Earth was destroyed by an entirely different means:

“Stuknang commanded the twins, Pojanghoya and Palongawhoya, to leave their posts as the north and south ends of the world’s axis, where they were stationed to keep the earth properly rotating. The twins had hardly abandoned their stations when the world, with no one to control it, teetered off balance, spun around crazily, then rolled over twice.  Mountains plunged into seas with a great splash, seas and lakes sloshed over the land; and as the world spun through cold and lifeless space it froze into solid ice.” 

Again, a small group of spiritually-minded evacuees waited out the ordeal inside a mountain, surviving on a diet of insects.

The Third World of the Hopi ended in a manner consistent with the biblical account of the Great Flood. In fact, variations of the Noah’s Ark story are told by at least 200 cultures worldwide, including the Inuit in Alaska.  In Genesis, Noah is told by Yahweh to construct a three-story, submersible vessel and seal it with pitch.

Many other flood myths talk about arks and the need to stow both humans and animals below deck for a long period of time. Rain, hail and snow subsequently envelope the Earth, inundating all the continents, while the Sun loses its ability to provide heat or light to the planet. Significantly, once the storm hits, those who don't have a plan in place freeze, drown or starve to death.

How long is a world age?

Regarding what constitutes the length of a world age, the different legends either provide widely different calculations or none at all. The Vedic records claim that the present Kali Yuga will last 432,000 years. However, elsewhere the Vedics talk about the four ages encompassing a total of 12,000 years.

Curiously, the Maya Long Count calendar begins on a date generally designated as August 13, 3114 B.C., which coincides with the beginning of recorded history. Likwise, in Vedic cultre, Kali Yuga began with Krishna's death in 3102 B.C.

As discussed in another section of this guide, the Precession of Equinoxes was used by many civilizations to compute the intervals separating extinction epochs. The above-mentioned number 432,000, for instance, is a precessional figure. Yet the calculating mechanism is still not fully understood.

There is also a wide discrepancy in the number of world ages that have transpired to date. While the Hopis and Vedics talk of four ages, the Mayans and Aztecs say five have transpired, as does Hesiod. Multiplying 5,125 years by 5, you get 25,625, a figure that closely approximates one complete precessional cycle.

Other cultures talk about ten world ages or more, and Graham Hancock gives a rundown of all of them in his book Fingerprints of the Gods. According to Bhuddist tradition, for example, we're living under the Seventh Sun. As mentioned earlier, the ancient Chinese describe "ten kis" that had passed before the time of Confucius.

Perhaps new discoveries and better dating by climatologists of historical mega-disasters will shed light on the periodicity of human extinctions — that is, before the hourglass on our current age runs out.

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Next topic: Ancient Method for Calculating Cataclysms

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For more discussion about our ancient past, see:

Aliens Without Borders

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More Resources

Articles of Interest

"The Succession of World Ages." (PDF) By Jane B. Sellars. From The Death of Gods in Ancient Egypt (1992).

“Principles of Prehistoric Cult Geography” (1938) by Dr. Josef Heinsch.

"The Lost City of Dwarka; Rewriting our Common History." By Malini Alexander. Tasmanian Times 12/27/10

"The Great Year and the Lost Star." By John Major Jenkins. May 2006.

"World's oldest Copper Age settlement found." Indo-Asian News Service 11/15/10.

"Twilight of the Gods." Chapter excerpt from the book Hamlet's Mill. By Giorgio De Santillana and Gertha von Dechend (1969)

"Seven Eras of the World." Excerpt from The Wheel of Time by Luis Goitizolo.

"Prehistoric Origins of Electricity." By Roger Coghill.

Websites

Ages of the World

Great Flood legends

Plato's Timaeus

Books

The New View Over Atlantis by John Michell (1983).

Underworld: The Mysterious Origins of Civilization (2003) by Graham Hancock.

The Mythical World of Atlantis (1915) by Preston Whitmore.

Book of the Hopi (1963) by Frank Waters.

The Works and Days by Hesiod. Best English translation is by Richmond Lattimore.

The Metamorphoses by Ovid.

Vishnu Purana, Book VI, Chapter 1. Text available online.

Lost Cities and Ancient Mysteries (series beginning in 1984) by David Hatcher Childress.

The Lost Civilizations of the Stone Age (1999) by Richard Rudgley

Lost Science of the Stone Age: Sacred Energy and the I Ching (2004) by Michael Poynder.

Fingerprints of the Gods (1999) by Graham Hancock.

Forbidden Archaeology (1993) by Richard Thompson and Michael Cremo

DVDs and TV Programs

History Channel: America Unearthed series. Journey to 10000 B.C. Ancient Aliens series.

The Mysterious Origins of Man: Rewriting Human History (1996) Based on the book Forbidden Archaeology. (Available for rental on Netflix.)

NOVA: America's Stone Age Explorers. (2004) Research into the origins of the Clovis people, circa 15000 - 11500 B.C.

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