Mayan predictions for 2012 – What is it exactly?

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It all started, when I read two posts on my Facebook wall that linked that the Earthquake in Japan could be signs that 2012 will be end of all days. And, I was like no not again. And, there started my research on what exactly this Mayan piece all about.

Apparently, the world is going to end on December 21st, 2012. Yes, you read correctly, in some way, shape or form, the Earth will cease to exist. Stop planning your careers, don’t bother buying a house, and be sure to spend the last years of your life doing something you always wanted to do but never had the time. Now you have the time, four years of time, to enjoy yourselves before… the end.

Let us look at how The Mayans came to that conclusion. One thing we have to give to Mayans is their indepth knowledge of the solar system and how they calculated time. Based on their knowledge, they came up with a complex calendar system. You want to know what that is go and read it on Wikipedia. What links to the 2012 prediction is the Long Count. The Long Count days were tallied in a base-20 scheme. Thus 0.0.0.0.1 is day 1 and 0.0.0.1.5 is equal to 25, and 0.0.0.2.0 is equal to 40. As the winal unit resets after only counting to 18, the Long Count consistently uses base-20 only if the tun is considered the primary unit of measurement, The Long Count 0.0.1.0.0 represents 360 days, rather than the 400 in a purely base-20 count.

There is one case where some experts are divided as to when the Long Count ends, but as the Maya used the numbers of 13 and 20 at the root of their numerical systems, the last day could occur on 13.0.0.0.0. When does this happen? Well, 13.0.0.0.0 represents 5126 years and the Long Count started on 0.0.0.0.0, which corresponds to the modern date of August 11th 3114 BC. Have you seen the problem yet? The Mayan Long Count ends 5126 years later on December 21st, 2012.

This is where all goes crazy; Mayans believed that at the end of the time a new age started, but there are no artifacts from the Mayan era that tell what will happen when that time comes. Another dimension to this is the belief that there are 5 ages, and we are already in the 5th age and hence earth has to end for all purposes. People have theories like – All the planets in the solar systems will align and a huge gravitational force will pull Earth in the black hole or There will be a solar flare which will bring in radiation and kill everything; or a meteor will strike earth like Armageddon. Read what NASA has to say about all these theories.

Well, given there is no proof and there are experts who are still divided on the 13.0.0.0.0 piece; some feel that the calendar will end on 20.0.0.0.0 which means it will last so many more generations.

Bottom line – no one knows what will happen and it based on a calendar system that is based on reset function; Can it simply be that they wanted to keep things simple and liked resetting it 🙂

A few interesting links that I found, in case you are interested and want to read more:

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