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12/20/2012 6:01:00 AM
World is probably not ending, but party on anyway

Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter

No plans for the end of the world? The Cellar Door in downtown Kingman is hosting the first (and, just maybe, the last) End of the World Party Friday night.

Guests are encouraged to dress for the occasion and "party like there's no tomorrow." Suggested costumes include apocalypse zombies, characters from disaster movies or how to spend the rest of eternity.

For the last few weeks, the Cellar Door's Facebook page has posed worst-case scenario survivalist questions, such as how to deal with an outbreak of the Bubonic Plague, how one should cross a piranha-filled river and how long to stay indoors following a nuclear explosion (according to their website, you want to stay sheltered for six days and even then you want to limit exposure outside to just 30 minutes a day for the next two weeks).

Dec. 21, 2012, is the last day on the Mayan long-count calendar, leading some people to believe that when the calendar is over, so is the world.

So, is it really the end of the world as we know it?

University of Oregon associate professor Daniel Wojcik doesn't think so.

He's interim director of the school's folklore program and this semester taught a class called "Apocalypse Now and Then: The End of The World in American Culture and Consciousness," which examined the social and cultural influences of such predictions.

Wojcik said the Dec. 21 date is one of hundreds of prognostications by different groups and religions predicting the end of the world.

"There is a relationship between apocalyptic speculation and times when people feel societal traditions are being abandoned or destroyed, or when there is an increased sense of suffering or threat in the world," he told the university's magazine, Cascade.

"From a believer's perspective, an apocalypse offers the promise of a better world and the end of something terrible."

Wojcik was unavailable for comment to the Miner as he is spending Dec. 21 in Yucatán, Mexico to study apocalypse tourism and end-of-the-world pilgrimages to Mayan temples in the area.

For those looking to celebrate the occasion a little closer to home, the Cellar Door is located at 414 Beale St.

The party starts at dusk and there's a $5 cover. Music will be provided by Family Magic.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2012
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

I doubt the Mayan's or Hopi's were given knowledge that God did not give his own son Jesus, now will it end on Dec. 22 maybe, who knows, key is no one can predict apoclayptic events and if God's bible is to be believed, Jesus plainly stated no man knows the moment, hour or day of the end only God not even he knew! I think the media is going to milk it for ever dime, they are having marathon apoclalypse movies tomorrow, watch them get that bit of excitement but my guess is Dec. 22 will roll around and some new date will be spun by someone!

Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2012
Article comment by: G Ma

I think the Mayans forgot to include Leap Year in the calculations . If they would of the world would of ended over a month ago .

Merry Christmas Kingman and PARTY ON !! :)

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