Did The Maya Believe 2012 Would Be The End?

Happy New Year!

We made it! It’s 2012…and since my children were a tad bit worried about the doomsday predictions based on the Mayan calendar, we visited some ruins outside of Progresso, Mexico in November to learn more about rumored predictions that the end is near.

Turns out, the ancient Maya were way more sophisticated than most of us (and yes, Maya still survive and thrive today). Their calendar system was an elaborate tool to measure the changing seasons. It was designed to help them manage planting and harvesting.

While the Mayan “Long Count” calendar does technically end on Dec. 21, 2012, marking the end of a 5,126-year era, it was designed to be reset at zero and to begin again.

So there you have it. The Maya weren’t anticipating the apocalypse to occur this year. Instead, they were looking forward to holding a huge celebration to commemorate the important achievement of completing an entire Long Count cycle.

So here’s to 2012! A year of reflection, celebration, and hope.

j

 

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