Friday, December 21, 2012

December 21, 2012 is the beginning of the new Mayan Calendar

Celebrate beginning of the New Mayan Era
Today is Mayan long-count calendar change, not the end of time, not doomsday. 

Mercury News Media Center, 12/21/12. "40 Photos:  Mayan calendar closes 13th bak'tun."

"On December 21, the 13th bak’tun – a vast 5,125-year cycle – closed in the Maya Long Count calendar, an event that has been likened by different groups to the end of days, the start of a new, more spiritual age or a good reason to hang out at old Maya temples across Mexico and Central America. Thousands of mystics, hippies and tourists celebrated on Friday as the Earth survived a day billed by doomsday theorists as the end of the world and a new era began for the Maya people. New Age dreamers, alternative lifestyle gurus and curious onlookers from around the world descended on the ruins of Maya cities to mark the close of the 13th bak’tun and many hoped it would lead to a better era for humanity." 

Looking forward to a more spiritual age
Related - archaeology.    NPR, Bill Chappell, 12/21/12, "Maya Expert:  The 'End of times' is our idea, not the ancients.", ....  "The Maya never, ever, said anything about the world ending at any time — much less this year," says Stuart, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin. "So, it's sort of bizarre to be living through this time right now, when so many people seem to be worked up." The article includes "Morning Edition" 12/20/12, embedded radio, 4:08 minutes (audio).  For those interested, the interview with Professor David Stuart is worth listening to.  

Related science.  NASA,  "Beyond 2012:  Why the world won't end."  "Contrary to some of the common beliefs out there, the claims behind the end of the world quickly unravel when pinned down to the 2012 timeline.  

Same to youHow the calendar works
Question (Q): Are there any threats to the Earth in 2012? Many Internet websites say the world will end in December 2012.  Answer (A):The world will not end in 2012. Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012. ....  

Q: Does the Mayan calendar end in December 2012?  A: Just as the calendar you have on your kitchen wall does not cease to exist after December 31, the Mayan calendar does not cease to exist on December 21, 2012. This date is the end of the Mayan long-count period but then -- just as your calendar begins again on January 1 -- another long-count period begins for the Mayan calendar.   

Posted by Kathy Meeh


Anonymous said...

No where did the Mayan's say in the calendar that the world was going to come to an end. People mostly doomsday people made this up.

Its the same as our calendar ending on December 31st and the new one taking over.

Anonymous said...

But I read on the internet that it was the end of time. It must be true.

Anonymous said...

@914 Those Mayans were funny guys.
You think they lived around here? Maybe we have their ancestors right here on council. Direct descendants? End of the world on 12/21/12, balanced budget, economic growth, a real reserve, efficient WWTP, good government, RoundTable Pizza...this is classic stuff. I'm thinking it's Mayans we got at city hall.

Anonymous said...

See, this is why we get freebie calendars during the holidays. I got my usual one from Panfredii Plumbing in Syracuse so I know the world isn't going to end.

It's a good feeling.