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:
- Maya calendar
- 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.
- Solar storms
- 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
- 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.