reply to post by Byrd
You are the first person to mention the Maya in this entire thread...!! (?)
But, now that we're on the subject, let's at least get the basics down:
The Maya neither created the calendar, nor predicted anything with it. They just came across it and documented it the best.
The essentials of the Maya calendric system are based upon a system which had been in common use throughout the region,
dating back to at least the 5th century BCE. It shares many aspects with calendars employed by other earlier Mesoamerican civilizations, such
as the Zapotec and Olmec, and contemporary or later ones such as the Mixtec and Aztec calendars. Although the Mesoamerican calendar did
not originate with the Maya, their subsequent extensions and refinements of it were the most sophisticated. Along with those of the
Aztecs, the Maya calendars are the best-documented and most completely understood.
Furthermore... (I was never a 'Y2K person') But, what is your
rationale for the calendar ending / restarting / recycling / whatever...?
There is a reason it is important.
I realize that it trackes solar, lunar, Venus, and other celestial movements, but it does so, SO precisely, that after ALL these years it is only 33
seconds off! Simply amazing.
Why would ANY system of counting/tracking have such a Loooooong period? A Timeframe which extends longer than any living organism that has existed on
earth, that is known, could possibly
make any logical use of it.
Whoever created it, had a reason
for doing so. That's the question that needs answering.
But back to the topic of this thread. Sounds like you may[i/] agree, but that hey are 'worry warts' too. (?)
edit on 4/21/2011 by SquirrelNutz because: (no reason given)