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The spectacular end of the world

I always knew there was a Mayan calendar predicting the world´s end in 2012. I saw the two films: 2012 and APOCALYPTO and enjoyed watching them but seen it as superstition. Now, that the end is coming closer and closer, I decided to inform myself and my colleagues about how the world is supposed to end on the 21st December in 2012!

For 2012 there are lots of theories how the world could end:

  1. Maya calendar
  2. Galactic constellations: The sun and the earth and the center of the Milky Way come together in some kind of exciting cosmic arrangement: that should have massive (astrological) impact on life here.
  3. Solar storms
  4. These solar storms will also affect the Earth’s magnetosphere and cause a pole shift. The compass shows then south. Such Pole Shifts regularly overtake our planet. Predictions point to a pole shift 2012th
  5. Calculations in the planetary orbits in our solar system suggest that an unknown tenth planet comes close. 2012, it’s that time again. Planet X whizzes past. Disaster!

What you see below is the maya calendar. The maya calendar is a system of calendars. The essentials are based upon a system which had been in common use in the maya region and goes back to at least the 5th century BCE.The 260 day count of days is called Tzolkin and common for pre-columbian mesoamerica.The 365 day count of days is called Haab.

The Tzolkin combines twenty day names with the thirteen numbers with 13 days (calles trecena) to produce 260 unique days. The Haab’ was the Maya solar calendar made up of eighteen months of twenty days each plus a period of five days at the end of the year known as Wayeb’. The five days of Wayeb’, were thought to be a dangerous time.

Since Calendar Round dates repeat every 18,980 days, approximately 52 solar years, the cycle repeats roughly once each lifetime, so a more refined method of dating was needed if history was to be recorded accurately. To specify dates over periods longer than 52 years, Mesoamericans used the Long Count calendar.

The Maya name for a day was k’in. Twenty of these k’ins are known as a winal or uinal. Eighteen winals make one tun. Twenty tuns are known as a k’atun. Twenty k’atuns make ab’ak’tun. December 21, 2012 is simply the day that the calendar will go to the next b’ak’tun comparable to the 31.12.1999. The mayan people itself never even spoke about a doomsday. And very unspectacularly this blog entry is already ending.

Source: Blog

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5 thoughts on “The spectacular end of the world

  1. Hey Pia,
    as I have also watched the movie 2012 and heard of the rumor that world’s end would be close because of the end of the Maya- calendar, I was a bit amused about this, asking myself how many times Jehovah’s Wittnesses had already predicted what never happened. I like the way you present the Maya calendar and the different factors which-allegedly- shall lead to the end of the world.
    What interests me is how do you think about it after you informed yourself? Did anything in your perception change?
    Well done:)

    Posted by Viola | December 6, 2011, 6:37 pm
    • Those infos I gathered did not change anything in my perception 🙂 I already knew that a calendar is only there to count days and not to let them end… And the only thing that came to my mind was that I bet consumption in any kind of goods will rise few months before “doomsday” 😀

      Posted by Pia | December 7, 2011, 1:30 pm
  2. ooh I bet there will be some kind of drama next year, when december comes closer!
    except for the superstition things, did you find any real “proof” or scientific research that predicts anything for next year?
    I mean sure the whole sun and planets thing, but are there any researchs, that we can take seriously?

    Posted by anne | December 7, 2011, 1:39 pm
    • I would have integrated it into my post if i had found some 🙂 the only thing that can be taken seriously is environmental catastrophes (Japan nuclear powerplant…) and all the floodings that took place this year pointing into the direction of an environmentally damaged earth.

      Posted by Pia | December 7, 2011, 2:30 pm
  3. Your post is fun to read. I always enjoy to hear about conspiracy theories.
    Did you know that people are already preparing for some kind of outbreak?
    Not just refering to the maya calendar which announces the end of the world, but also a crash in the monetary system. They’re hoarding tons of food in order to survive and to trade.
    People even cancel their life insurances and trade it in for gold and silver.
    Oh and buy houses in Canada, in order to be able to flee when Israel and Iran start to bomb each other.
    Honestly, I that case, I would also like to have a house in Canada.

    Posted by Nico | December 17, 2011, 3:08 pm

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