I have noted before that the 2012 phenomenon is filled with ethnocentric and even racist ideas. To claim that the Maya originated from outer space or that they were incapable of constructing pyramids is simply a devaluation of their intellectual capacity. These ideas come in several forms; Sitchin’s annunaki, Bast’s mysterious elders, Atlantis, etc.
The fellow anthropologist/archaeologist/2012 expert John Hoopes has informed me about one of these authors. He is called Frank Joseph and he has published a couple of books on Atlantis. One of these is called Atlantis and 2012: The Science of the Lost Civilization and the Prophecies of the Maya. The book is supposed to show that the Maya calendar was brought to them by survivors of Atlantis. He suggests that 2012 could be the beginning of a new ice age.
Who is Frank Joseph? He was earlier known as Frank Collin and was the leader of the National Socialist Party of America. It eventually turned out that his father was a Jew and he had to leave his position. He was arrested while having sex with ten year old boys and spent three years in jail. After that he became the neo-pagan author known as Frank Joseph.
His books are being published by Inner Traditions, Bear & Company who primarily publishes New Age stuff. Other prominent 2012ers published through them are Carl Johan Calleman, John Major Jenkins, and Geoff Stray. I had for sure chosen another publisher had I known that they publish the writings of a former Nazi-leader.
Neo-paganism and fascism are sometimes connected as in the case of Frank Collin/Joseph. In this mixture of ideas shamanism also shows up. However, shamanism as a concept was invented by Mircea Eliade as an umbrella term for a great diversity of beliefs. Eliade’s fascist, anti-Semitic and anti-democratic connections are well known. This obviously affected his writings. Joseph Frank (not to be confused with Frank Joseph above!) has this to say about Eliade’s postwar writings:
Nothing blatantly anti-Semitic can be found in Eliade’s postwar writings, but the prejudice is transposed into a much more scholarly key in his theory of religion. One of the cornerstones of his doctrine was that archaic man lived in a world of cyclical time, whose recurrences were marked by festivals of one kind or another in which “sacred time,” the time of religious experience, was re-created. The modern world has largely lost this ability to relive “sacred time” because the Hebrews (as Eliade now calls them) broke with the cyclical time of “the eternal return” by linking God with linear time. “The Hebrews,” he writes, “were the first to discover the significance of history as the epiphany of God,” and this discovery of history ultimately led to all the ills of the modern world. Daniel Dubuisson, a French analyst of Eliade’s views on mythology, concludes that this summary notion of history “especially invents a new accusation against the Jews, that of an ontological crime, a capital crime and without doubt unpardonable.” Eliade thus remained true to himself in this erudite disguise during his later years, when his worldwide fame reached its apogee and his death was mourned with sanctimonious reverence.
This is interesting when we see the supposed end date of the Maya Long Count in light of Eliade’s distinction between cyclical/archaic time and linear/”modern” time. The Maya calendar is by some 2012ers believed to be cyclical. These people argue for “world ages” and the rejuvenation of the world at the end of this year. Those who believe the calendar end at the end of the year, they also believe in something similar to a Christian apocalypse.
In the first example, we find John Major Jenkins who was greatly inspired by Freidel, Schele and Parker’s Maya Cosmos, which had Eliade as one of the major sources of inspiration. Contemporary Maya epigraphy has to a great extent moved away from Schele’s shamanistic kings but shamanism is still a major source of inspiration for Maya cave studies since it focuses on the cosmological aspects of caves.
Fascist and anti-democratic ideas have infiltrated the 2012 phenomenon from the beginning. Hence, those naïve Swedish New Agers that I interacted with a while ago, who believe the Maya calendar is all about them and love, peace and understanding, showed their own “microfascist” tendencies when they eventually blocked me from their facebook page. Macrofascism in the making…