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Mayan calendar - world doesn't end in 2012

Posted on Friday, 11 May, 2012 | Comment icon 68 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf


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The oldest ever Mayan calendar has been unearthed by archaeologists at the Xultun ruins in Guatemala.

For years the fact that the Mayan calendar appears to end in 2012 has lead many people to believe that it marks a prediction for the end of the world. The new discovery however has helped to rule out that the Mayans ever intended to make such a prediction, instead their calendar system revolves around cycles that when combined provide dates that stretch over 7,000 years in to the future.

"The ancient Maya predicted the world would continue, that 7,000 years from now, things would be exactly like this," said Dr. William Saturno. "We keep looking for endings. The Maya were looking for a guarantee that nothing would change. It's an entirely different mindset."

"Archaeologists working at the Xultun ruins of the Mayan civilisation have reported striking finds, including the oldest-known Mayan astronomical tables."

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Comment icon #59 Posted by jgorman628 on 5 June, 2012, 14:57
Fairly positive that most modern calenders end once a year. Most of us still wake up on the first day of the new year, a bit groggy, but alive.
Comment icon #60 Posted by _Only on 5 June, 2012, 15:08
Fairly positive that most modern calenders end once a year. Most of us still wake up on the first day of the new year, a bit groggy, but alive. To be fair, I think their astrological calendars and texts went a bit deeper than our modern listing of Sunday to Saturdays in meaning.
Comment icon #61 Posted by Mikko-kun on 5 June, 2012, 19:41
Only, true, but our astrology goes FAR deeper than theirs, because due to internet and whatnot we have the possibilities to combine all the old knowledge and add it to current intuitions of whoever choose to study them. Plus our current math system should be more efficient to count any effects, although when it comes to astrology you can easily deal with basic math.
Comment icon #62 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 20 June, 2012, 2:40
And our calendar ends on December 31, too. then we start over. what's so hard about that?
Comment icon #63 Posted by Ryinrea on 1 July, 2012, 16:11
I would assume ending a cycle at a certin year means a great change is to come in that year not the end of the world. Also, no mater if its the year 2012 or 2220 each year will have a great impact on human history, which the Maya understood this line of thinking thus making their calenders cycles. Thus also helping with farming and other needs that a calender provids.
Comment icon #64 Posted by NikkiAidyn on 1 July, 2012, 17:04
That whole 2012 end of the world stuff.. I don't see how anyone can be so gullible or ignorant to buy into it. Interesting to read about this, though.
Comment icon #65 Posted by robertritch15 on 3 July, 2012, 11:38
enjoy this year. science and spirituality both have their own theory. but i think it is not the end on 21st. it will new begining. but still we are little bit worried about it. to clear your all doubt and know more about it . visit: http://www.2012december21st.com/
Comment icon #66 Posted by BiffSplitkins on 3 July, 2012, 12:30
Comment icon #67 Posted by _Only on 3 July, 2012, 18:16
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-s2Ji_t5vLbA/T6UCyya3JhI/AAAAAAAAHgc/dwxIWZ9DeGA/s1600/Not+the+End+of+the+World.gif lol
Comment icon #68 Posted by Spid3rCyd3 on 3 July, 2012, 18:18
We all know the world doesn't end, but we also know that **** could still hit the fan in many ways. There's been a gradual increase in global tensions over the past couple of years, things may get real interesting towards this winter, and next year.


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