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