essays / Debunking the Mayan Calendar End of Times Myth

The Mayan calendar ends in 2012. The current reasoning for this is that the Mayans knew the world was going to end, so they warned future generations by ending their calendar or, they merely ran out of room. Contrary to current belief, the Mayan calendar doesn’t end at 2012. In 2012, the Mayan calendar only comes across another point of progression, similar to a millennium to us.

The Mayans had multiple calendars, one calendar to cover the year, religious events, crops, days of good and bad luck, bad storms and good weather. This calendar was called the long count system of the Mayans, conceptually similar to a century, is called /k’ak’tun/, which comprises of 144,000 days, 394 years to us. Years are standard across nearly all cultures because all have inhabited the same earth, which has the same duration it completely revolves on its axis. Days are counted from the X axis, the time it takes to go from night to day, while years are from the Y axis, which maintains seasons and changes in temperature for most of the globe. Both the Mayans and the Romans lived on the same planet, so their calendars are similar, particularly in the fact they don’t end. A major difference between the Mayans and the rest of the world is the the Mayans also used a base-20 number system. A base-20 number system, at first, can be confusing to understand, but it’s rather simple. A base-20 system, instead of having 10 different numbers, has 20. Therefore, you can have combinations like 4.13, which is four times twenty plus thirteen. To convert a Mayan year to a normal year, to us, multiply it by twenty. Therefore, ten in base-20 is twenty in base-10.

Knowing base-20, foraging onto the actual cycle of /k’ak’tun/s becomes much easier and makes more sense. The Mayan date, 13.0.0.0.0, which translates to 13 millennium, is comprised of roughly 5,125 years. Subtract 5,125 years from the start of the Mayan calendar, which is about the 13th of August in 3114 in today’s Roman calendar, will result in the year 2012. It’s often argued that the cycle and position of the planets will align at this year. Interestingly, the calendar was started when the planets were aligned, which is an easy to track, rarely occurring planetary occurrence. Starting the calendar at this time would allow for it to easily be matched with other calendar’s times, and would allow for greater accuracy by calculating when the planets would have been at those positions then calculating the difference to find the date. When the 13th millennium, or /k’ak’tun/ approaches, the planets in the solar system will be aligned.

To a point where you analyze numbers and find facts, is it really worth it? A patten can be found in this essay, who knows, or even in the scanning of your eyes that suggest your interest in it. Patterns in numbers are linked to seasons and natural events. A rare occurrence, such as the coming of Hally’s comet, usually never means certain doom nor any significant occurrence. Oddly enough, Mayans don’t place much significance on the year 2012, however, it was found as a myth by “New Age” followers in the United States. When the myths run out in your homeland, dig them up in archeology.

However, if gravitational disruptions were to occur, the changes certainly will not be as quick or as destructive as depicted by the Hollywood cinematic depiction, entitled 2012. The movie’s only backing for the truth of the argument was increased solar activity and sunspots. Recently, the number of sunspots has decreased dramatically, the sun is fairly quiet currently. The movie itself seemed to be yet another excuse to hire stunt workers and entertain audiences using near impossible action scenes with a boilerplate plot and characters. There was neither research nor proof presented within the movie.

2012 is akin to the Mayan’s 13th century in their calendar, and certainly not the end of their calendar. The myth was created and inflated by the West new age spirituality and even less of a potential threat than the supposed Y2K bug. Actually, there is a /second bug/ just like the Y2K bug, but we won’t have to worry about that for another 28 years. If you look hard enough for potential problems and patterns, then you’ll be bound to find a few. An aptly named Facebook group states, “I survived Y2K, Bird Flu, Mad Cow, 9/11 and Swine Flu. 2012, Here I Come!”