We must ask ourselves if the connection between modern times and the past are stronger than we would initially think; regardless of a belief in the apocalyptic myths of ancient and modern culture there is one thing that is certain: when the world came into existence it was at its beginning and everything that has a beginning must have an end. We will explore the mythologies created about the apocalypse. Focusing on the Hindu myth the Mahabharata, the Nordic myth of Ragnorok and the Christian myth found in the Book of Revelation we will explore the similarities found in modern apocalyptic myth. We will take a look at some of the cults that tried to avoid the predicted doomsdays, including one of the best known incidents in Waco Texas. Ultimately we will examine the extent to which these past beliefs have influenced the modern belief of a coming apocalypse.
Powell, Kierra M.
Oglethorpe Journal of Undergraduate Research: Vol. 2
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/ojur/vol2/iss1/4