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January 18, 2011

World will not end in 2012

According to a Mayan elder, the world will not end in 2012:

2012 is not the end of the world, Mayan elder insists

And a nice quote pointing out that it’s just the end of a calendar date:

Its Long Count calendar begins in 3,114 BC, marking time in roughly 394-year periods known as Baktuns. Thirteen was a significant, sacred number for the Mayas, and the 13th Baktun ends around Dec 21, 2012.

“It’s a special anniversary of creation,” said David Stuart, a specialist in Mayan epigraphy at the University of Texas at Austin. “The Maya never said the world is going to end, they never said anything bad would happen necessarily, they’re just recording this future anniversary on Monument Six.”

You would think if the Mayans were clever enough to predict the end of the world, they would have predicted the end of their own civilisation and addressed that issue.

In the meantime, looks like there’s a lot of hysteria growing about 2012, even though it’s no more significant than our own calendar. If December 31st came only rarely, you can bet people would be doomsaying about that. :)

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  1. I spent last summer backpacking around Latin America and the various tours we did the whole world is ending was a non stop source of amusement for locals!

    As you say, Dec 21st 2012 is just the 5k year end of their calandar and it’s actually a huge time of celebration for the Mayan people. One guy described it as being like “100 Xmas days combined”.

    Tikal, the Mayan ruins in Guatamala will be the centre point of the celebrations. It’s a national park with a few hotels in it now – will cost a pretty penny to visit during the celebrations but could very well be the party of a lifetime!

    I spoke to one guy who used to live in the pack (there used to be a village there). He said at the last planetry alignment (of which, Dec 2012 will be a bigger one), there was 30,000 people amongst the ruins (dozens of Mayan temples – the site was used to film Return the Jedi – the scene where the transport ship lands on the forest moon) and there was a wierd lightshow just randomly happened – “lights jumped between on the pyramids”. No one got it on camera (the images didn’t record), so may just be chat for tourists, but still nice to think something might happen!

    Comment by ScottB — March 22, 2011 @ 6:04 pm

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