posted on Sep, 27 2004 @ 08:33 PM
The end of their Long Count calendar is December 21, 2012 not the 22nd.
The Mayans were incredibly good astronomers. Which is why there is so much weight backing up their "mythology". The Mayans accurately tracked the
precession of the equinoxes (which is widely known now). The end of the Long Count does not mark the end of our days or the end of time...at least I
havnt read anywhere that the Mayans driectly said that. However to answer this question you should understand what the Long Count was used for (they
had many calendars). The Long Count recorded the planetary Great Cycle:
8 baktuns or 1,152,000 days
11 katuns or 79,200 days
15 tuns or 5,400 days
3 uinals or 60 days
18 kins or 18 days
That is the length of a Great Cycle. If you add that to the start of the Great Cycle on 13 August 3114 BC...you get the infamous doomsday date of
December 21, 2012. To the Mayans this date was not the end but another beggining. There is indeed ALOT of importance put on this date from the Mayans.
Naturally it will seem like mythology's hocus pocus to modern day.
However, since their methodology for tracking astronomical events holds hands with our modern day astronomers why not give their mythology a chance?
My advice: learn to swim.