December 21, 2012
December 21, 2012 is supposedly the end of the world. There are many believers who fear the coming of this day. Here are some facts about the Mayans and some that are revolving around this day that is yet to come:
1) The theory of December 21, 2012 revolves around the Mayan calendar, a calendar created by a group of people that existed from 250-900 AD. They had advanced writing skills and are most famous for their pyramids and other structures. Many Mayans still live today, continuing age-old traditions.
2) The Mayans used different calendars and viewed time as a meshing of spiritual cycles.
3) Their calendars had practical uses and had a heavy religious element. Every day had a patron spirit, with each day having a specific use.
4) Using an innovative method, the Mayans were able to expand over a 52-year Calendar Round, which was a calendar system that could last 18,980 days within the course of 52 years. They created a calendar system found in the “Long Count”, a calendar lasting 5126 years.
5) The end of the world part was wholly based on an assumption that something bad is going to happen once the Mayan Long Count Calendar runs out.
6) How is December 21, 2012 the date when this calendar supposedly runs out? They used the numbers 13 and 20 at the root of their numerical systems with the last day occurring on 22.214.171.124.0. This represents 5126 years and the long count started on 0.0.0.0.0., which corresponds to the day August 11, 3114 BC. 5126 years later is December 21, 2012.
7) Many archaeologists and mythologists believe that the day 126.96.36.199.0. actually will bring an age of enlightenment. instead of the end of the world.