Divination Lecture: "Apocalypse Soon? How the World Ends (or Doesn’t) in Religions of the World"

(October 26, 2012 Cambridge, MA)  How long until the end of the world? There are many answers. Various cultures have predicted our demise and its date for millennia. What do apocalyptic movements, literature, and rites of passage reveal about our human condition?

The Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology at Harvard University presents the free lecture "Apocalypse Soon? How the World Ends (or Doesn’t) in Religions of the World" on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at the Geological Lecture Hall (24 Oxford St., Cambridge) at 6:00 PM. A reception will follow at the Peabody Museum (11 Divinity Avenue). The lecture is the third in a year-long series about divination.

Inspired by the so-called Maya prophecy of the end of the world in 2012, this illustrated lecture speaks to the rumors, fears, symbols, theologies, and rituals of preparation for apocalypse soon! David Carrasco will lead a tour of apocalyptic and millennial themes and movements found in three traditions; Native American, Christian, and Buddhist. The lecture will touch on two communities that have already undergone an apocalypse – the Jewish community that suffered the Nazi Holocaust and the Japanese people who suffered the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It will conclude with a children's story, "Mysteries of the Maya Museum," that reflects the Mesoamerican belief in the regeneration of time.

Davíd Carrasco is the Neil L. Rudenstine Professor for the Study of Latin America, Harvard University with a joint appointment with the Department of Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. His most recent book (co-authored with his daughter Laanna) is for children, Mysteries of the Maya Calendar Museum (Cruce de Caminos 2012). It answers the question: Did the Maya peoples and their calendar predict the end of the world?

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Detail from Albrecht Dürer’s ‘The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” from “The Apocalypse: Revelation of Saint John the Divine’” (ca. 1497).

Alternative suggested image: Modern Migration of the Spirit - The Epic of American Civilization by Jose Clemente Orozco.

"Apocalypse Soon? How the World Ends (or Doesn’t) in Religions of the World," part of the free Peabody Museum Divination lecture series, is Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 6:00 pm at the Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge.

Davíd Carrasco, Neil L. Rudenstine Professor for the Study of Latin America, Harvard University

A public reception follows at the Peabody Museum, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge.

Public information: 617-496-1027