The prediction of the end of the Mayan calendar
The prediction of the end of the Mayan calendar has been a popular topic for many years now. A lot of people have heard about it and are curious what is going to happen on December 21, 2012.
Among the classic Maya, it was common to use the Long Count Place Value notation as a reference.
Among the classic Maya, it was common to use the Long Count Place Value notation as a reference. The Long Count is a large cycle of time that continuously repeats itself over and over again. In some ways, this cyclical nature can be thought of as similar to our modern calendar system, which has its own periods (months) and units (days). The Maya were able to measure time in an extremely precise manner because they had developed their own specific way of recording dates and events.
The Classic Maya date of 188.8.131.52.15 represents 8 bʼakʼtuns, 3 kʼatuns, 2 tuns, 10 uinals and 15 kins (December 21, 2012 in the Gregorian calendar).
The date 184.108.40.206.15 represents 8 bʼakʼtuns, 3 kʼatuns, 2 tuns, 10 uinals and 15 kins (December 21, 2012 in the Gregorian calendar). The Mayan Long Count calendar is a base-20 system consisting of 18 “months” with 20 days each (18 × 20 = 360 days per year) plus 5 extra days that were added at the end of each year to keep the calendar aligned with the seasons.
The completion of a Great Cycle requires the following sequence of events:
The end of the Long Count calendar is one of the most significant events in Mayan culture, as it marks the completion of a Great Cycle and the beginning of another. It is believed that at this time, there will be several signs indicating that it’s time for us to prepare for a new cycle:
The sun will rise in the west
The earth will reverse its rotation
The earth’s poles will shift
The earth will be engulfed by a fireball
After December 21, 2012 some scholars believe that the world will not end.
After December 21, 2012 some scholars believe that the world will not end. They say we will all still be here and continue to live our lives just as we always have. We will still have our problems, challenges and wars. We will still have disease and famine, but they are not going to disappear on December 21st.
The classic Mayan calender which ended on December 21 has no relevance today.
This is a tall claim, but one that can be made without hesitation: the classic Mayan calender has no relevance today. The Mayans did not use it to predict their own end of days. The current calendar system used by the Maya has nothing to do with the ancient one, and their way of calculating time is completely different from ours.
The ancient Maya developed an incredibly complex system for keeping track of time, which they called “tzolk’in”. It consisted of 20 periods each lasting 394 solar years—that’s 5125 days (or 52 years), and each period had its own symbol and name in the calendar.
Each day was divided into four parts: 1st day – 4th night; 2nd day – 2nd night; 3rd day – 3rd night; 4th day – 4th night
There are important scientific discoveries which show that the recent astronomical configuration was known by ancient Mayan astronomers.
While the Maya were known for their advanced mathematics and astronomy, not much is known about how they used these sciences.
There are important scientific discoveries which show that the recent astronomical configuration was known by ancient Mayan astronomers. The Maya were very advanced in astronomy as well as mathematics and numerology. They were aware of the precession of the equinoxes, which occurs slowly over time due to a wobble in our axis as it spins on its axis like a gyroscope. It takes 26,000 years for our axial wobble to complete one full cycle from maximum tilt to minimum tilt then back again (see diagram). This is why we have different seasons today than our ancestors did thousands of years ago when they first arrived in North America: because our winter solstice has moved since then by approximately 12 degrees!
The Maya also knew about other planets in our solar system: Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn; plus some stars including Alpha Centauri A & B (the closest pair), Sirius A & B (the brightest star system), Aldebaran A & B (the brightest star system), Regulus A & B (second brightest star system) – all covered in detail inside this book! They also knew about our galaxy’s movement around Sagittarius A* – an extremely dense area at center point within Milky Way Galaxy where massive black hole exists but whose exact location cannot be determined accurately yet today due to its intense gravitational pull preventing any objects from getting close enough without being destroyed.”
The Maya did not predict that their calendar would end in 2012. Rather, they believed (and still do) that we would reach this point in the calendar’s long count at about this time in history.”
You may have heard that the Mayan calendar is predicted to end on December 21, 2012. This is not true. The Maya did not predict that their calendar would end in 2012. Rather, they believed (and still do) that we would reach this point in the calendar’s long count at about this time in history.”
There is no end of the world predicted for Dec 21, 2012.
When the Mayan calendar was first discovered, it was thought that it might have been designed to predict the future. However, archaeologists have since determined that this is not true. The Mayan calendar was a religious and cultural artifact rather than an accurate way to calculate dates or events in the future.
The Mayan calendar was based on cycles of 13 b’ak’tuns (or roughly 5200 years), and there are no known correlations between these cycles and any astronomical phenomena such as solar eclipses or comets. The correlation between 13 b’ak’tuns and 5200-year periods may simply be coincidental, or else it is based on some unknown factor outside of current knowledge about the cosmos. In either case, there is no evidence that points toward an end date for humanity or life on Earth on December 21st 2012—or any other date within our lifetime!
The Mayan calendar is an amazing tool that can be used as a great aid in learning more about the past and present. The fact that it ends on December 21, 2012 means nothing when we consider what the Maya really believed about this day: they did not predict that their calendar would end in 2012. Rather, they believed (and still do) that we would reach this point in the calendar’s long count at about this time in history.”