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LASA features Mayan calendar for Hispanic Heritage Month

Christmas will come early for conspiracy buffs–or maybe not at all, according to the Mayan Calendar.

This October, students will be able to explore the apocalypse theory of the Mayan calendar for Hispanic Heritage Month through various aspects– ranging from mathematics to astronomy.

This month-long exploration of the Mayan calendar will be kicked off on Sept. 27 by the Latin American Student Association at the gazebo on the corner of Nevins. The organization will give out items and information about Hispanic Heritage Month .

The first week of the event will feature a panel discussion at 7 p.m. on Oct. 2 in the Bailey Science Center, and will feature various professors,  including Dr. Amy Aronson and Dr. John Woodruff of the modern and classical language department, Dr. Owen Jones from the history department and Dr. Iwan Elstak from the math and computer science department.

During this discussion the prophecy will be looked at as a myth, as religion and in context with the Mayan culture.

“This year we are privileged to be able to feature the Mayan prophecy concerning the end of the world,” Dr. Ana Soady, professor and department head of modern and classical languages, said.

Oct. 4 will feature the showing of the documentary “Cracking the Maya Code” at the University Center from 7 to 9 p.m.

 “The Mayans have a very complex mathematical calendar,” Patricia Saunders, administrative secretary for the department of modern and classical languages, said. “They were wonderful astronomers because they understood the sky and how its cycles related to everything that happened on earth. Their calendar comes to an end Dec. 21, 2012.”

Dr. Soady feels this month’s activities will shed light on the issue.

“If they want to learn more about end of world prophecies such as this, we have a full schedule of a month of activities– most of which are focused on the Mayans and this whole idea,” she said.

According to Saunders, the Mayan culture is more relevant than people think

“There are people in Georgia who speak the Mayan language,” she said. “There is going to be a lecture of how the Mayan language is used in Georgia.”

 

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