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Forget 2012 - is the Mayan doomsday this year ?

Posted on Sunday, 14 June, 2020 | Comment icon 36 comments

When exactly is the prophesized doomsday ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Bjorn Christian Torrissen
A controversial new theory going around on social media suggests that the Mayan doomsday is actually this year.
There's no denying that 2020 hasn't been the best of years, with wildfires, mass protests and a full-on pandemic making the first six months of the 21st Century's third decade unusually challenging.

Now a new theory doing the rounds on social media has put forward the notion that 2020 could in fact be the actual date of the Mayan doomsday prophecy - the end of the world scenario that became something of a phenomenon all the way back in 2012.

Of course the world didn't end 8 years ago, but what if that's because we got the date wrong ?

According to scientist Paolo Tagaloguin, who posted up a (now deleted) Tweet on the subject, 2020 could in fact be 2012 - at least, that is, if you add up the number of years a certain way.
"Following the Julian Calendar, we are technically in 2012..." he wrote. "The number of days lost in a year due to the shift into Gregorian Calendar is 11 days... For 268 years using the Gregorian Calendar (1752-2020) times 11 days = 2,948 days. 2,948 days / 365 days (per year) = 8 years."

It has even been suggested that, if this is true, the actual doomsday date would be this week.

As before however, there is absolutely no reason to expect any sort of disaster scenario to occur - at least not anything outside of what has already been happening.

The world didn't end in December 2012 and it's not going to end this year either.

Even so, however, 2021 can't come soon enough.

Source: New York Post | Comments (36)

Tags: Maya

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #27 Posted by stereologist on 20 June, 2020, 2:35
OK. Here is the stupidity: That's just plain stupid. Let's see what is the real issue. The year is 365.24 days long. That's super close to 365 1/4. The Julian calendar does that. It adds a day every 4 years. Why? because 1/4 times 4 is 1. Got i t? So we add a day every 4 years. It  used to be at the end of the calendar making life simple. Now we changed the calendar to make February not the end of the calendar but early on. Lets check that out again. It's 365.24, not 265.25. After 100 years we add 100/4 or 25 days, but .24 times 100 is 24, not 25. But my numbers are not quite correct. Because ... [More]
Comment icon #28 Posted by stereologist on 20 June, 2020, 2:37
Another dumb thing about the issue is that the Mayans were counting days, not years. All of their calendars counted days.
Comment icon #29 Posted by Captain Risky on 21 June, 2020, 7:05
The Haab cycle is 365 days, and approximates the solar year. The Haab is a nineteen month calendar. The Haab is composed of 18 months made of 20 days, and one month, made of 5 days. This 5-day month is called "Wayeb." Thus, 18 x 20 + 5 = 365 days. This image shows the hieroglyphs corresponding to the nineteen months of the Haab calendar. The Maya represented some of these months using more than one glyph. These glyphs are referred to as "variants." Variants of the same glyph are framed in a turquoise background.
Comment icon #30 Posted by Captain Risky on 21 June, 2020, 7:14
The Maya farmers of the Yucatan conduct offerings and ceremonies on the same months every year, following a 365-day Haab cycle. These ceremonies are called Sac Ha’, Cha’a Chac and Wajikol. The Maya in the highlands of Guatemala perform special ceremonies and rituals during the Haab month of Wayeb, the short month of five days.  
Comment icon #31 Posted by Captain Risky on 21 June, 2020, 7:15
Any historical or mythical event spanning more than 52 years required the ancient Maya to use an additional calendar, the Long Count. The Long Count calendar is a system that counts 5 cycles of time. This is very similar to the Gregorian calendar system that counts days, months, years, centuries and millennia. The Maya system also does this, but the difference is in the name and magnitude of the various cycles. Like Maya mathematics, the Long Count calendar system counts by 20s. The exception is in the third cycle, because 18 x 20, which equals 360, more closely approximates a Haab cycle or so... [More]
Comment icon #32 Posted by stereologist on 21 June, 2020, 13:30
Not sure what you are talking about. The goal of the Gregorian calendar is to match the movements of the Earth around the Sun. The Long Count does not. The two are not similar at all.
Comment icon #33 Posted by stereologist on 21 June, 2020, 13:31
Right. So the Mayans counted days. Other systems count lunar cycles or solar cycles.
Comment icon #34 Posted by Captain Risky on 25 June, 2020, 10:15
They also countered solar years. 365 days a year. Just saying.
Comment icon #35 Posted by stereologist on 25 June, 2020, 13:01
Comment icon #36 Posted by Captain Risky on 28 June, 2020, 6:14
365 day cycle is a calendar year. Its a year. They counted years. 

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