Monday, 14 March 2011

2012 Mayan Predictions: The Theory Reviewed

By D Houston

The end of the Mayan calendar falls on December 21, 2012. This is the famous time period known as the End Date. This is represented numerically as This known as the Long Count. Notably this date will be an extremely close to the Winter Solstice Sun. The conjunction was identified by the early Mayans as the Sacred Tree. This date has seemingly been related to the end of days and that the Mayans have predicted it. This theory has been around since the early 1960's but gained traction with the release of the movie starring John Cusak titled 2012. It spoke to an apocalyptic occurrence based on the calendar. However we need to really examine if there is any truth in this matter at all.

When we look on what astronomers, scientists and researchers stated there seems to be no real proof to this. There are really two concepts to examine. The first is the Long Count and the second is the End of the great cycle. The Long Count refers to a period based on years and days as we know it Archeologists list these times based on the following:

1 baktun = 400 years
1 katun = 20 years
1 tun = 1 year
1 uinal = 20 days

The Long count or more importantly the end of this long count will is based on eight (8) bakatuns, three (3) katuns, two (2) tuns, ten (10) uinals and fifteen (15) days. It is assumed that the end of this will see the end of what is known as the Great Cycle. This time period coincides with the period in December 2012. While many early archeologists saw this as a clear indicator of the end of the Mayan Calendar, there really is no empirical evidence based on written Mayan history that the end of the world as we know it was expected.

This type of apocalyptic message was not evident in Mayan writings. In fact most researchers cited that the end of the long count was actually a cause for celebration and not despair. This led directly into the concept of the Great Cycle.

The Great Cycle is based on the premise that the Mayan life cycle ends in December 2010 at the end of the period. While some Mayan archeologists cite that there are writings that refer to the descent of a Maya God there is still no reference to the destruction of the world.

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