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The year 2012 was said by the Mayans to be the end of the world. In 1957, while making his way through a Mayan temple on the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, Indiana Jones found the year written into a calendar wheel and wondered if the world would truly end on December 21, 2012 like it claimed.[1]

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In Lawrence Kasdan's first draft for Raiders of the Lost Ark, it's mentioned that what René Emile Belloq and Herman Dietrich saw inside the Ark of the Covenant was a preview to the end of the world.[2] The finished film doesn't specify or clarify what means the lightning and fog seen inside the Ark.[3]

In real life, a Mayan misconception from the very beginning of their Mesoamerican Long Count calendar led to beliefs that the world would end on December 21, 2012. Due to how that date has long since passed and nothing happened, the theory has been debunked from that date.


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