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THE 13TH B'AK'TUN

There is a Mayan tradition that the gods created three failed worlds, followed by a fourth world in which humanity was placed, the world in which we now live. At the beginning of the previous failed world, the calendar was reset to 0.0.0.0.0 and it's end came at 13.0.0.0.0 

The Gregorian date December 21, 2012 marks the end of the 13th b'ak'tun in the Mayan Long Count calendar: Mayan date: 13.0.0.0.0

At the ancient Tortuguero site, in southernmost Tabasco, Mexico, one inscription known as Monument 6 refers to the 13th b'ak'tun. The monument which is partially defaced has been translated to predict the coming of a god called B'olon-Yokte. Very little is known about B'olon-Yokte but he does appear in other carvings with a rope tied around his neck and also with an incense bag, together signifying a sacrifice to end a cycle of years. 

Many astrologers, astronomers, and religious leaders have placed high levels of significance on the date December 21, 2012. Predictions have ranged from the Sun aligning perfectly with the galactic equator, to everything imaginable in the universe occurring simultaneously. Some see 2012 as a deadline for human enlightenment and others have more ominous predictions such as galactic alignment in 2012 being the cause of another mass global extinction. It has been proposed a massive solar flare could reverse the Earth's polarity or that a planet called Planet X could collide with and destroy Earth. 

A May 2012 poll suggested that between 12% and 20% of people worldwide believe the world will come to an end as result of the events of December 21st. Some cities in South America are mobilizing their citizens to prepare. Thousands of websites have been started to explain the phenomenon, hundreds of books have been published on the topic, several TV documentaries have been aired, and NASA has issued numerous press releases. There have been many movies, songs, and advertisements alluding to the 2012 Mayan Apocalypse.

But only one hat.



MAYAN KING

The front logo of the Mayan King hat is of course; The Mayan King. A very thoroughly designed parody of a classic hockey team's logo. The Mayan King was reverred as a god by his people. He wore an elaborate headdress and jewelry made of jade, gold, and jewels. His headdress, which was designed to look like a feathered serpent was adorned with the colorful feathers of the sacred quetzal bird. If you look closely at this Mayan King you can see the jewels in his headdress and the teeth of the feathered serpent god are a familiar shape. 



B'OLON-YOKTE

The left side logo is an outline drawing which represents an actual carving of the Mayan god B'olon-Yokte, who the Mayans expected to come at the end of the 13th B'ak'tun. Here he is depicted in movement right to left. In his right hand he holds a decapitated bird which he offers for sacrifice. B'olon-Yokte's posturing and the lines to the left and right of his feet are meant to allude to the SCHOOL ZONE logo, as is the shape which surrounds him. The overall presentation on the side of the hat is also meant to parody the logo of a major professional hockey league. 



HUMAN SACRIFICE

The rear logo is an outline drawing of a man being sacrificed by a Mayan shaman in a ritualistic fashion on a rectangular platform which reads SCHOOL ZONE. Evidence has been discovered to suggest that Mayans would capture enemy soldiers and royalty and sacrifice them in an opening ceremony of sorts when opening new temples or raising new monuments. This outline drawing was inspired by art seen in a pre-sacrifice scene in a popular movie about Mayans.



SIGN PATTERN

The brim pattern is based on a Mayan weaving pattern called diamond pattern. The four sides of the Mayan diamond pattern represent the boundaries of space and time. Smaller diamonds within represent East where the sun rises and West where it sets, North and South. This pattern was re-imagined as pentagon shapes or SCHOOL ZONE sign shapes.  This pattern is printed red on the black brim, and sets the general colorway of the entire hat. The Aztecs referred to the Mayan territories as the land of red and black.  



CONSTELLATIONS

The Mayans based their entire calendar system on their observation of the movement of the stars and other celestial bodies. In the break in the light cloud cover in the center of the underbrim, if you look closely, you can see two constellations of very important pieces in the SCHOOL ZONE logo. The brightest stars in these constellations were placed based on their corresponding location in two constellations which were very important to the Mayans: Pleiades and Sagittarius. This underbrim graphic is an expensive to produce sublimation print which was necessary to produce the closest possible effect of looking into a night sky on a piece of fabric.



13 SKULLS

The satin hat interior is a modified version of the Mayan round calendar, an image that anyone, even casually researching the Mayan Apocalypse would come accross frequently. Four of it's pictures, seen here within pentagon shapes, describe the end of four previous worlds. Arranged around the circle are thirteen skulls which symbolize the myth of the thirteen crystal skulls. In the mid-1800's collectors began circulating a number of crystal skulls which are alleged to be part of a collection of thirteen and all of Pre-Colombian (Mayan or Aztec) in origin. These crystal skulls have passed through the hands of many collectors and some have found their way into distinguished museums. Some believe that the only way to prevent the end of this current world is to collect all thirteen skulls and arrange them together by the end of the 13th b'ak'tun. 


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