Celebrations of Milleniums

Leona Anderson andersle at leroy.cc.uregina.ca
Mon Sep 8 01:57:23 UTC 1997

Can you give some examples? L. Anderson
On Sun, 7 Sep 1997 16:14:24 BST Trimble <gldnreef at primenet.com> wrote:

> At 07:51 AM 9/6/97 BST, Luis Gonzalez-Reimann wrote:
> >If you mean apocalyptic ideas, it would be surprising to find a connection
> >to any of the 'historical' eras, such as the Shaka one.  Escathological
> >concerns would be linked to the yuga system of chronology, the Puranic
> >version of which describes the current Kali yuga as lasting 432 000 years,
> >starting in 3,102 BCE.  However, the equivalent of current Western
> >apocalytic preoccupations related to the millenium is the idea that the Kali
> >yuga is coming to an end and a new Satya yuga is dawning.  Many modern
> >movements claim that this is currently taking place.
> >
> >
> >Luis Gonzalez-Reimann
> >University of California, Berkeley
> >
> To which calendar do these modern movements adhere now that the Gregorian
> calendar seems to be nearly world-wide?  The interesting thing about
> numerical symbolism in eschatologies is that the particular calendar does
> not seem to matter.  Millenarian movements are very syncretic -- using
> everything from Jaina yugas to Mayan astronomical calculations.  Even
> Christians who worry about the year 2000 use the words of Jesus, the
> Apocalypse of John, Nostradamus and Joachim of Fiore who all lived by the
> Julian calendar. 

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