End of World in 2012? Maya “Doomsday” Calendar Explained

It’s remotely possible the world will end in December 2012. But don’t credit the ancient Maya calendar for predicting it, say experts on the Mesoamerican culture.

It’s true that the so-called long-count calendar—which spans roughly 5,125 years starting in 3114 B.C.—reaches the end of a cycle on December 21, 2012.

That day brings to a close the 13th Bak’tun, an almost 400-year period in the Maya long-count calendar.

But rather than moving to the next Bak’tun, the calendar will reset at the end of the 13th cycle, akin to the way a 1960s automobile would click over at mile 99,999.9 and reset to zero.

“We, of course, know that really means a hundred thousand miles and not zero,” said William Saturno, an expert on Maya archaeology at Boston University.

“So, is the end of Bak’tun 13 a large period ending? Yes. Did the Maya like period endings? Yes,” Saturno said.

“Would this have been a period ending they thought was wicked cool? You bet. The biggest period endings they experience are Bak’tun endings.”

But “was it predicted to be the end the world? No. That’s just us.”

Instead, for the Maya, the end of the long count represents the end of an old cycle and the beginning of a new one. So maybe 2013 will be a time when wicked cool things start to happen – flying cars and stuff !!! Learn more here.

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