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2012 and the Mayan Calendar

In Mass Communication on October 18, 2009 at 11:39 pm

The movie 2012, produced by Sony Pictures, is based on conspiracy, politics and ideology. It is a mixture of action/adventure and science fiction, blending current events with ancient history, taking advantage of rumor about the world is going to end in three years. Scientists have been predicting catastrophic events like Planet X crashing into Earth, killer solar flare (the movie Knowing already used this idea), the possibility of geomagnetic reversal, etc. There is no concrete evidence that when exactly any of these events will happen, but many people have been interpreting the end of the last Mayan calendar as a warning to humankind.

The Mayas used a very complicated calendar system. Simply put, the first day on a Mayan calendar is expressed as (where each digit goes from 0 to 19) and the 20th day would be This is sometimes referred to as the Long Count Calendar. There have been debates, even amoung Mayan archaeo-astronomers, about when the Mayan calendar actually ends. Since they used the numbers 13 and 20 as the roots of their numerical system, the calendar may end on (equivalent to our December 21, 2012), or it may continue on until Either way, this only represents the end of a cycle and the beginning of another, instead of everything ending into nothingness. According to Sandra Noble, executive director of the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies in Crystal River, Florida, ancient Mayas considered reaching the end of a cycle an important event to celebrate. This leads me to believe that the Mayan calendar works very much the same way as our calendar today: every January 1st, we celebrate the dawn of a new year; the Mayas were the same way, only that their calendar cycle lasted 18,980 days (52 years of 365 days each). Read the rest of this entry »