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2012 And The Maya Calendar

According to many, the year 2012 will see the fulfillment of a concatenation of events, some of them good while others are undoubtedly bad. The worst of these is the prediction that the world as we know it will end on the date of the mid-winter solstice, on December 21, 2012. However, despite these dire predictions, the reality is that the […]

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2012 And All That – Part Seven

As has been pointed out in earlier instalments, the Maya of today emphatically deny that our world will end on December 21, 2012. They point out that this is a fictitious creation made by certain Western authors, who have used this date to pursue various apocalyptic agendas of their own. However this does not mean that […]

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2012 And All That – Part Six

The idea that the earth has undergone a succession of catastrophic upheavals associated with cosmic encounters did not originate with the Maya. Legends, myths and stories of these devastating events can also be found throughout the ancient world. They tell of times when dwellings were destroyed and the earth was convulsed by natural disasters which had their […]

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2012 And All That – Part Five

When the comet returned after a lapse of fifty-two years to once again destroy the Mayan cities, the Long Count calendar of the Maya ceased to have any relevance in day-to-day society. That is because, as a result of these two close encounters with the giant comet, the earth had changed its axis and had moved […]

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2012 And All That – Part Four

The basic unit of the Mayan Long Count calendar was the Tun. The Tun consisted of a cycle of 360 days. As we have seen from the previous instalment, at the time that the Maya set up their Long Count calendar, this actually was the exact number of days it took for the earth to travel […]

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2012 And All That – Part Three

The basic unit of the “Long Count” calendar of the Maya was the Tun, which consisted of a cycle of 360 days. Following on from this were increasing multiples of Tuns such as the K’atun (7,200 days), then the B’aktun (144,000 days), the Piktun, the Kalabtun and so on. However, modern scientists calculate time by the solar year, which is […]

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2012 And All That – Part Two

The “Long Count” calendar of the Maya was constructed according to an escalating number of chronological units. So, for example, a single day was referred to as one K’in, and 20 days as one Winal. Carrying on from there, 360 days made up one Tun, 7,200 days one K’atun, and 144,000 days one B’aktun. But […]

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2012 And All That – Part One

According to many, the year 2012 will see the fulfillment of a concatenation of events, some of them good while others are undoubtedly bad. The worst of these is the prediction that the world as we know it will end on the date of the mid-winter solstice, on December 21, 2012. However, despite these dire predictions, the reality is that the […]

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