The Persian prophet Zarathustra spoke of:
“…signs, wonders and perplexity which are manifest on the Earth at the end of each age.”
The Chinese call the perish of ages ‘Kis’ and number, ten Kis from the beginning of their known world until Confucius. In the ancient Chinese encyclopedia, ‘Sing-li-ta-tsiuen-chou’ the general convulsions of nature are discussed. Because of the periodicity of these convulsions the Chinese regard the span of time between two catastrophes as a ‘great year’. As during a year, so during a world age, the cosmic mechanism winds itself up and:
“…in a general convulsion of nature, the sea is carried out of its bed, mountains spring out of the ground, rivers change their course, human beings and everything is ruined, and the ancient traces effaced.”
An ancient tradition of world ages ending in catastrophe is persistent in the Americas amongst the Incas, the Aztecs and the Maya. The Maya have a Long Count between global catastrophes similar to the Chinese Great Year.
In her book Approaching Chaos on global catastrophes in ancient times, Lucy Wyatt suggested a date for Noah’s Deluge as seventy nine years after the beginning of the Long Count, which ended in 2012. Her research indicated that cataclysms occur close to the target date of a Long Count, or a Great Year rather than on it. That would fit with the principle in science of margin of errors. In a cycle of global cataclysms that are millennia apart, one would expect a cataclysmic event to occur sometime within a margin of a few decades of a predicted date.
The Maya described each age ending with earthquakes at the solstice. The Maya reference to a worldwide catastrophe of global earthquakes at the solstice supports the Hapgood model of crust slips being related to the accumulation of ice on the poles. According to my model the difference in gravitational pull from the sun on the ice on the poles, due to the 23.5° list of the Earth on its axis, would cause a floating crust, during a period of global warming, to be most prone to rolling over at the solstice. The greatest likelihood would be December 21st as that would be when the ice on the Antarctic would experience the strongest gravitational pull from the sun. Hapgood pointed out that ice accumulating on a land mass was more prone to cause a crust shift than ice floating on the sea. The Maya prediction fits the science.
Historical records from every continent report that the world has fallen over the poles at least four times in the memory of mankind. A major part of stone inscriptions found in the Yucatan refer to this type of world catastrophe. The most ancient of these katun calendar stones of Yucatan refer to great catastrophes, at repeated intervals, convulsing the American continent. The indigenous nations of the Americas have a preserved memory of these ancient historical events. In the chronicles of the Mexican kingdom it was written:
“The ancients knew that before the present sky and earth were formed, man was already created and life had manifested itself four times.”
The sacred Hindu books, the Ezour Vedam and the Bhaga Vedam share the scheme of expired ages known as Yugas, the fourth being the present. They differ only in the time ascribed to each age. The Buddhist text Visuddhi-Magga also describes seven ages, each terminated by world catastrophes.
A tradition of successive creations and catastrophes is found in Hawaii. On the islands of Polynesia there were nine ages recorded and in each age a different sky was above the Earth. Icelanders believed that nine worlds went down in a succession of ages, a tradition contained in the Mavarian text Edda.