posted on May, 19 2012 @ 07:28 PM
In a nutshell, the Classic Maya civilization thrived between 300 to 900 CE (AD). Highly advanced for its time, Mayan culture showed good understanding
in such fields as mathematics, medicine and astronomy. The Mayan calendar was a complicated affair; indeed, it was a "system" rather than a single
calendar as we understand a calendar to be today. It consisted of three calendars used simultaneously, showing different cycles (yearly, 50 yearly and
long term). One of these calendars was known as the "Long Count", noting each day from a base date of 3114 BCE (BC). It is this calendar that some
Mayan scholars believe is due to come to completion on the solstice of December 21, 2012. However, even here there is disagreement, with other
scholars calculating different end dates, such as 4772.
We are upon the end of the fourth Great Cycle of a Long Count calendar. We've survived three other ones! All Mayan calendars would tell of a date
when there would be a dramatic end, but the interpretation was that this was always a beginning to a new cycle or a "new age". Seen in this light,
the ending of a calendar is a positive sign, not a negative one.
Uncertainty is rife in interpretation of Mayan hieroglyphics due to the fact that they were no longer used after the Spanish conquistadors arrived
in the 1500s. As such, clarification of exact meaning is difficult and subjective.
Most scholars believe that Mayan calendars were focused on keeping a track of time rather than predicting the future.
Just because there is nothing past the 2012 date on the "Long Count" calendar doesn't mean there will be the end of time. It is the only Mayan
calendar of which we know that ends after the fall of their civilization. Had they continued to thrive as a civilization, chances are that they would
have continued to keep making the calendars well into the unforeseeable future. But the charlatans will twist the truth still whats next 2013 etc.