The 2012 Mayan Calendar has increasingly been a source of debate as the year approaches. The basic Mayan Calendar is a system that was developed during the period of the Ancient Mayans, and it is still used today by some Maya communities in Guatemala and Mexico. Some believe that the Mayan 2012 Prophecy has predicted a cataclysmic event to take place on December 21, 2012. This is the end-date of a 5,125 year cycle in the Mayan Long Count Calendar, and some people have gone as far to suggest that this will result in the end of the world 2012. Scientists, on the other hand, have different interpretations of the Maya Calendar predictions.
The Mayan 2012 prophecy is one that is open to interpretation. Since the long count calendar ends on December 21, 2012, some people think that the world will end on this day. The Mayans were an advanced culture that studied astronomy, astrology, and mathematics, and this fact has been interpreted in some cases to equal the end of the world 2012. Historians have a different interpretation of the 2012 Mayan Calendar. While this date does indicate the end of a cycle, the cycle is just a unit of time to the Mayans, called a b’ak’tun. One b’ak’tun is equal to 144,000 days, which is about 394.5 years.
While some people are interpreting this unit of time as the cataclysmic Mayan 2012 prophecy, scientists claim that it is just the end of another b’ak’tun—in fact, the end of the fourteenth b’ak’tun according to the Mayan calendar. The significance from the 2012 Mayan calendar is that it is happening during our lifetime, not that it is happening at all. The ancient Mayans had many different units of time, and the b’ak’tun is just one of them. Other examples of units of time include the K’atun, which represented 7,200 days, or the Tun, which was 360 days.
Scientists and historians suggest that so-called New Age thinkers have taken Mayan prophecies to a new level by suggesting the occurrence of the end of the world 2012. Unfortunately, a deeper understanding of the Maya Calendar system doesn’t contain any evidence to support that claims. December 21, 2012 is a significant date for anyone interested in ancient Maya or still following their calendar, but no surviving records from this civilization suggest that they thought the end of this unit of time represented the apocalypse.
Nevertheless, the date of December 21, 2012 has brought a revived interest in the culture of the ancient Mayans. One of the best ways to learn about these fascinating people is to visit the Mayan ruins of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, or El Salvador. Each archaeological site is known for its own features, whether it be significant temples, palaces, stone monuments, or relics that have been recovered. A great deal about Mayan history, gods, and art can be learned by visiting these sites. Whether or not you are able to visit these archaeological sites before the end of the b’ak’tun in 2012, it is up to you to decide whether the Mayans intended on the date to have any significance for the future of the world.