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Originally posted by Xcalibur254
reply to post by SonofLeod
Despite what New Agers claim the "Maya calendar" is not that advanced. First there is no one Mayan calendar. They had a few different calendars that were used for different purposes. I will assume you are referring to the Long Count as that is the one associated with 2012. The Long Count is actually as basic as you can get when it comes to a calendar. It is merely a count of days. Despite what people claim it does not end nor does it repeat. The purpose behind it was to allow for reference to dates that fell outside the current 52 year Calendar Round cycle.
Allow me to explain this. The Calendar Round was a 52 year cycle composed of two different calendars. The first is the Haab which was their solar calendar. However, despite the common claims, it was not as accurate as our current Gregorian Calendar as it only considered a year to be an even 365 days. The other calendar was the 260 day Tzolkin. This was used to determine the date for religious events. Every day was given a Haab date and a Tzolkin date. After 52 years the cycle would repeat and you would have the same Haab and Tzolkin date together. The Long Count then allowed for them to refer to dates outside this cycle. It serves much the same purpose as years serve for us.