The end of the Mayan Calendar, December 21, 2012 has been looming for decades over the minds of millions of people worldwide. Everyone seems to have a personal theory what is to occur on that date. Cultures like the Hindu and ancient Greeks shared similar views about the future destiny of mankind. The Hindu believe that the human race goes through cycles of creation. Inside these cycles humans follow two paths. The ascending journey in the cycle brings one closer to a golden age on earth, a time of peace harmony and love. The descending journey results in great disharmony and war. The hindus believed that this cycle was divided infour parts or yugas. From descending to ascending order they are Kali Yuga, Dwapara Yuga, Treta Yuga and Satya Yuga, . The Greeks shared this notion as well, and adopted the idea into their mythologies. They called the yugas, the ages of man. The lowest and least spiritually enlighten was the Iron age, followed by the Bronze, Silver and finally the Golden age. A descent into the Kali or Iron age from the golden age takes approx. 12,500 years. After this humanity begins its ascension back to the golden age. The entire process lasts a period of approx 25,920 years. Half of the time spend falling in spiritual wisdom and the other half gaining it back. In Astronomy this cycle of time is known as the precession of the equinoxes. It is the amount of time it takes the constellations to make an entire rotation across the night sky. The ancients were also aware of this cycle and Plato called it the Great Year.
In the late 1800’s a woman by the name of Helene P. Blavasky created a group for exploring ancient mysteries and myth. The name of this organization is known as Theosophy. Blavasky was a proponent of the ideas of the Greeks and Hindus regarding human history. She suggested that Humanity is currently the fifth race to inhabit this planet. Blavasky describes how before the humans were the Atlanteas, before them existed the Lemurians, before them the Hyperboreans and the first race was a shapeless race with non physical bodies. She suggested that each race lives for 26,000 years and them is replaced by the next race. The indigenous population direct descendants of the Maya and the Inca have proposed similar ideas to those of Blavasky. They describe how the earth was populated by a race of giants in the past.