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If 12.21.12 is because the Myan calendaer

Posted by on Dec. 20, 2012 at 10:03 AM
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If 12.21.12 is based on the Myan calendar, then the world would have ended 16 months ago since the Myan calender didn't have Leap years.

Just a little fyi...
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mary841108
by on Dec. 20, 2012 at 10:04 AM

 Mayan yes we know. it was also never an end of the world prediction, it was simply an end of the astrological age and moving into another.

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hnybunn
by on Dec. 20, 2012 at 10:11 AM
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Jace1028
by Bronze Member on Dec. 20, 2012 at 10:14 AM
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Mayans didn't need to add leap years. Their calendar is accurate off the stars. We had to add the leap year because our calendar is off a quarter of a day each year.
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BlessedBeX3
by on Dec. 20, 2012 at 10:14 AM
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 it was just the end of our calendar. if by that thinking, we should be prepping for every december 31st

TxMommyOfBoys
by on Dec. 20, 2012 at 10:15 AM
Mayans*
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sparklebug86
by on Dec. 20, 2012 at 10:15 AM
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LectioDivina
by on Dec. 20, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Again... they didn't have leap years... they don't account for leap years because they already had a lot more months than we did and their calculations weren't off (Like in Caesar's day)

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by Anonymous 1 on Dec. 20, 2012 at 10:17 AM
EXACTLY! :)
kate80
by on Dec. 20, 2012 at 10:17 AM
It is the end of a celestial cycle. Winter solstice. They actually had several different calendars.
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LectioDivina
by on Dec. 20, 2012 at 10:19 AM

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The Mayan Calendar consists of three separate corresponding calendars, the Long Count, the Tzolkin(divine calendar) and the Haab (civil calendar). Time is cyclical in the calendars and a set number of days must occur before a new cycle can begin.

The three calendars are used simultaneously. The Tzolkin and the Haab identify and name the days, but not the years. The Long Count date comes first, then the Tzolkin date and last the Haab date. A typical Mayan date would read: 13.0.0.0.0 4 Ahau 8 Kumku, where 13.0.0.0.0 is the Long Count date, 4 Ahau is the Tzolkin date and 8 Kumku is the Haab date.

The Haab

The Haab is a 365 day solar calendar which is divided into 18 months of 20 days each and one month which is only 5 days long (Uayeb). The calendar has an outer ring of Mayan glyphs (pictures) which represent each of the 19 months. Each day is represented by a number in the month followed by the name of the month. Each glyph represents a personality associated with the month.

The Haab is somewhat inaccurate as it is exactly 365 days long. An actual tropical or solar year is 365.2422 days long. In today’s Gregorian calendar we adjust for this discrepancy by making almost every fourth year a leap year by adding an extra day – a leap day – on the 29th of February.

The Tzolkin

The divine calendar is also known as the Sacred Round or the Tzolkin which means “the distribution of the days”. It is a 260-day calendar, with 20 periods of 13 days used to determine the time of religious and ceremonial events. Each day is numbered from one to thirteen, and then repeated. The day is also given a name (glyph) from a sequence of 20 day names. The calendar repeats itself after each cycle.

The Long Count

The Long Count is an astronomical calendar which was used to track longer periods of time, what the Maya called the “universal cycle”. Each such cycle is calculated to be 2,880,000 days (about 7885 solar years). The Mayans believed that the universe is destroyed and then recreated at the start of each universal cycle. This belief still inspires a myriad of prophesies about the end of the world.

The “creation date” for the current cycle we are in today, is 4 Ahaw, 8 Kumku. According to the most common conversion, this date is equivalent to August 11, 3114 BC in the Gregorian calendar or September 6 in the Julian calendar.

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