Among the wilder predictions for 2012 is that Quetzalcoatl will return that year. Supposedly this is written in the Mayan prophecies.
There are some problems with this.
First of all, Quetzalcoatl, the plumed serpent, was not a Mayan deity. He was Aztec, and probably based ultimately on a real Aztec king whose life details are lost in the mists of antiquity.
Now, the Mayas did have a feathered god, Kukulkan, who we may take to be roughly equivalent. So, did they (or the Aztecs) really have a prediction about Kukulkan/Quetzalcoatl returning at the end of the ages?
This is where we run into a another big problem. The bulk of the Mayas' writings, or codices, were destroyed by the Spanish, who considered them works of the Devil and an impediment to imposing Christianity on the native Mexicans.
The writings that survive are at best hazy as to predicting the future coming-down of any god, let alone Kukulkan (Quetzalcoatl) specifically. Nor are they clear as to what a returning god will be coming back to do.
Some groups -- notably the Mormons -- identify the Aztec or Mayan deity with Jesus, who, of course, is expected by many Christians to descend to earth in a second coming to take believers to heaven with him, or to judge humanity, or both.
Others posit Quetzalcoatl to be a kind of New Age avatar who will appear by the magic date of December 21, 2012 to lead us into a golden era of peace, harmony and abundance for all.
Yet others say he is just one more persona of Satan, perhaps even the Antichrist who will rule the world for a time until the great battle of Armageddon.
As you can see, the myths and prophecies surrounding the return of Quetzalcoatl are hopelessly tangled.
I believe something big is indeed going to happen in 2012, but I'm not spending my time trying to decipher ambiguous ancient tales about feathered gods. I would rather analyze current events and their meaning in the larger picture, and make preparations to survive the coming storms, whatever they may be.
What Is the Real Scoop on 2012?
Don't believe everything you hear about 2012 and what it could mean to you personally -- but don't disbelieve everything, either. The truth is out there and can be known. See the 2012 Predictions site at http://www.2012alarm.com.
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