posted on Sep, 8 2008 @ 09:08 PM
The Maya didnt invent the calender that they used, that honor goes to the olmecs, but they did add on to it and refine it.
The maya didnt believe that the world was going to end, sort of.
The Long Count calender does reset ,reaching the count of 13 b'ak'tun, on dec 20 2012, and the 14th baktun starts on dec 21 2012.
The previous creation lasted for a count 13 b'ak'tun before the gods destroyed the world and recreated it. That does not mean that the current
world will end on that date.
What I find interesting is that, in the Mesoamerican creation story, and what follows is a very quick and loose telling of such.
The gods created man from wood but he had no soul, and didnt worship the gods. So, in anger the gods destroyed man with "a resinous black rain" and
the Great flood ensued.
The previous men who survived were made into monkeys.
Then theres monkey twins and Hero twins and the hero twins defeat
the under world houses of Fire, Gloom, Cold, Knives, Jaguars and Bats.
The the first real men are born and then there are the first tribes that speaks one tongue. Then the languages fragment and the tribes disperse.
And so on.
They remembered the great North American catastrophe 12,000 years ago.
Clearly the earliest mesoamericans had an interest in watching the skies going a long way back.
Parts of the calender are based on astronomical observations that could only be made over a very long period of time.
Maybe they saw a comet in the night sky and kept track of it, one of the gods moving in the heavens.
Then then one time it comes back around and WHAM, and the world they know ends.