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About the Mayan Apocalypse
The so-called end of the world event on December 21, 2012 caused much fear and anxiety all over the world. Doomsday believers had it in their head that the ancient Mayan Calendar foretold of a world changing cataclysm.
The Mayan Calendar in question is the Long Count Calendar of the Mayan and Aztec culture. It is truly nothing more than the way in which they kept a linear count of the days. It is no different from our Gregorian or Julian Calendar. It also accounts for the lunar calendars used by some cultures to keep track of the cyclical event called time.
The Mayans and Aztecs have three calendars. One is a lunar calendar. One is a solar calendar and one is a religious, or sacred, calendar. The Mayans rotate their time keeping actions by the interactions of these three calendars.
An astronomical event time recording device is one of the long count calendars which cycles through all three normal calendars every 5,128 days, give or take a few days. This same method is also used to record astronomical data from as long ago as 63 million years during the time of dinosaurs.
The Mayans are exceptional time keepers and the study of the Mayan Calendar can occupy a mathematician and an astronomer for several decades. Our present day calendars are a simplified version of the same kind of time keeping.
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Our Mayan Apocalypse Expedition:
A few hub friends banded together to go witness the great Cosmic alignment that marked the Winter Solstice of December 21, 2012. We were to visit one of the largest and best known Mayan city states, the area known as Chichen Itza.
Chichen is located in the middle (more or less) of the Yucatan peninsula. The name of the site means The Well of the Itza's. It is most noted for the immense pyramid of Kulkulcan - the Feathered Serpent. It is further noted for its excavated cenote in which evidence of human sacrifice was recovered.
The great ball court of Chichen is said to be aligned with the exact center of the Milky Way Galaxy in such a way that the alignment only occurs every 5,000 or so years. This is a phenomenal feat for ancient architects!
While at the Mayan site, there were plenty of tourists who had the same idea as us. But since no one was spending the night there, the alignment went unobserved as far as is known. Perhaps some major network or university covered the event. Suffice it to say, the world, as we know it, did not end.
December 21, 2012
A New Long Count Begins:
Just like the December 31, 1999 scenario, many people expected the end days. However, our calendar just stars over with January 1, 2000.
The Mayan Calendar is no different. The date of December 21, 2012 was expressed in notation as 22.214.171.124.0 and on December 22, 2012 the count starts over at 126.96.36.199.1
A calendar is an instrument for the measurement of time. Just as a ruler is an instrument for the measurement of distance. Calendars are no more prophetic for future events than a ruler is for imaginary lines that stretch to infinity.
Imagine your car's odometer. At some point it will read 99999. Assuming that the car is in good working order, it will continue to run when it turns over to 00000 and starts counting again. There is nothing mystical about it.
There never was a Mayan Apocalypse. It was all hype by cosmic doom sayers. And until the next doomsday date we will all continue to go about our merry way!
Everybody listen up! I'm going to clue you in.
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