July 19th, 2012 11:46 EST
Mayan Calendar Not a Sign of the End of the World
You have to admit that we have heard a ton of hype and paranoia from lots of people that say since the Mayan Calendar ends this year that that is definitely a sign that the end of the world is near.
Hold on now, not so fast. Science has finally stepped in to research all this racket about the world is ending this year, so don`t sell off all your belongings in those Saturday garage sales and don`t go out and take all your money out of savings and tie on a night of Jack Daniel shots with beer chasers just yet.
According to Marcello Canuto, the director of Tulane University Middle America Research Institute, "This text talks about ancient political history rather than prophecy. " (Canuto, 2012) Meaning the text discovered revealing the "end date" for the Mayan calendar.
Canuto went on to say, "This new evidence suggests that the 13 bak`tun date was an important calendrical event that would have been celebrated by the ancient Maya; however, they make no apocalyptic prophecies whatsoever regarding the date." (Canuto, 2012) the 13 bak`tun date is referring to that date being the end date of the Mayan Calendar and supposedly the end date of the Mayan calendar is what everyone believed could be the end of time date. Almost like a domino effect.
In the Mayan ancient culture a Bak`tun is what divides the Mayan Calendar into cycles or 144,000-day cycles that begin at the Maya creation date. The winter solstice of 2012 (Dec. 21) is the last day of the 13th bak`tun, marking what the Maya people would have seen as a full cycle of creation. The doomsday date is December 21, 2012.
To put this in historical terms researchers exploring the Mayan ruins of La Corona in Guatemala have unearthed a second reference. On a stairway block carved with hieroglyphs, archaeologists found a commemoration of a visit by Yuknoom Yich`aak K`ahk` of Calakmul, the most powerful Mayan ruler in his day. The king, also known as Jaguar Paw, suffered a terrible defeat in battle by the Kingdom of Tikal in 695. (Livescience, 2012)
Historians have long assumed that Jaguar Paw died or was captured in this battle. But the carvings proved them wrong. In fact, the king visited La Corona in A.D. 696, probably trying to shore up loyalty among his subjects in the wake of his defeat four years earlier. (Livescience, 2012)
As part of this publicity tour, the king was calling himself the "13 k`atun lord," the carvings reveal. K`atuns are another unit of the Maya calendar, corresponding to 7,200 days or nearly 20 years. Jaguar Paw had presided over the ending of the 13th of these k`atuns in A.D. 692. (Livescience, 2012)
That`s where the 2012 calendar end date comes in. In an effort to tie himself and his reign to the future, the king linked his reign with another 13th cycle " the 13th bak`tun of Dec. 21, 2012. (Livescience, 2012)
Also, according to Canuto, "What this text shows us is that in times of crisis, the ancient Maya used their calendar to promote continuity and stability rather than predict apocalypse. " (Canuto, 2012)
So, now y`all can relax. Did I just say y`all? Wow! Been in Alabama way too long, gotta get out of here. Anyway, you see that the end date of December 21, 2012 is not necessarily an end date of time but a ancient culture date set by the King Jaguar Paw to form the 13th cycle of the Mayan Calendar to tie himself and his reign to the future. Sounds kind of scientific doesn`t it?
Live Science, Mayan Calendar `End Date` Seen In Ancient Text, But Scientists Say It Doesn`t Refer To World`s End. Also the quotes I used from Marcello Canuto in the article are from this reference. Retrieved 2012.