Mayan Myths: 2012

By Thomas Cockels


Narrative First Retold By Discovery Channel

Original Version

end-of-earth.jpgThe Long Count calendar is the new obsession of the end of the world. Ever since the Y2K bug society has obsessed with the end. Mayan’s were Masters of astronomy and mathematics, and knowledge made the Mayans the smartest and most developed in Mesoamerica of their time.
The reason for the Mayan Long Count calendar being the new obsession of the end is because it will end on the date December 21, 2012. December 21, 2012 predicts natural and, or, alien disasters.
The Mayans long count calendar calculates time by solar years, not only sophisticated in their era but the date this calendar ends on. The Long Count calendar will end on December 21, 2011 or Buktan 13. Ever since scientists have ciphered the Long Count calendar and figured out that its cycle ended on December 21, 2012, people wonder what will happen on this date. Was this calendar made to show when the world will end, tell the date of natural disasters, or simply to keep track of time.
The myth of the Long Count calendar wasn’t acknowledged until the start of the 21st century or after the Y2K myth ended. This date predicts a winter solace, magnetic shift, planet X revisiting Earth, a solar flare from the sun, worldwide volcanic activity, record breaking tsunamis and hurricanes. Scientists studying this myth can only relate to one of these predictions happening which is the winter solace. A winter solace happens when Earth tilt is the farthest away from the sun which is normally on December 21 every year. A winter solace is a normal thing to happen every year, but did the Mayans intend on making the mayan-long_count_calendar.gifcalendar end on this date. Scientists say that it is nearly impossible to predict something that could end the world, especially centuries ago. So scientists from NASA believe that the calendar was just to keep track of time and that it will reset after December 21, 2011 like how calendars to this day repeat itself after every year.
December 21, 2012 is the new doomsday sensation. The Media Makes this myth seem like a doomsday event when it really isn’t. Most of the Mayans texts were destroyed when Spain sailed to Mesoamerica. This happened while they conquered their land and ended up killing their whole society from spreading diseases. So the media is over exaggerating almost all of these doomsday predictions on December 21, 2012. The calendar went by solar years and we will never know why it ended on this date because of the lack of texts and history behind the Mayans.
The Long Count calendar shows the of the Mayans in and astronomy. The Mayans calculated pie and how many days there are in a year to the hundredth percent. They knew into the future of what kind of eclipse the moon would have to a specific date. The Mayans strangely knew too much of how the universe worked and how the earth rotated around the sun by keeping track of stars. Their knowledge will always be a mystery to the world and might solve the obsession of the end.

2012 is not the end of the world- NASA

Interpretation By Thomas Cockels


The Mayan’s were Masters of astronomy and mathematics, and knowledge made the Mayans the smartest and most developed in Mesoamerica of their time. The Mayan Long Count calendar calculates time by solar years, and the calendar will end on the date December 21, 2012. December 21, 2012 is a doomsday date predicting natural and, or, alien disasters. This myth is very suspenseful, and as the date approaches, the myth receives more media attention. The world being obsessed with the end is the value of the myth.
stars.jpgNASA is the master of astronomy in our time. NASA says that planet X will never cross our alignment to the sun. The Sun giving off a deadly solar flare to the earth is unpredictable. A magnetic shift has happened before on earth but there are many factors that cause this making it impossible to predict. And earth quakes, worldwide volcanic activity, and massive hurricanes all at once is highly unlikely. Only this that is predictable is a winter solace. Since NASA proved that nothing will happen on this date many believe now that the Long Count calendar will reset like any other calendar. The Mayan books were destroyed and burned when Spain came and took over their homeland and spread disease eventually killing off the whole Mayan society and its history. What people need to understand is that there is no Mayan book, or text that says the end of the Long Count calendar is the end of the world. The Mayans intended the end of the Long count calendar to be the start of a new era. The doomsday of the Long Count calendar is based off of false information.(NASA-2012)
Problem about history is that a book can have false information. Just because a book says something doesn’t mean that it is true. With missing all Mayan texts we can never prove what the Long Count calendar was for. Knowing the cycle how the calendar works may not be enough information. With People obsessing over the end of the world makes the myth, and doomsday myths can only be proved wrong by science The Long Count calendar could be the greatest prediction of the end of the world or just a normal calendar that keeps track of time.

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