It doesn't work like that. They had no use for "Leap Year" because they calulated it into their long count straight off the bat. Their method of
timekeeping is the accurate one not dictated by 360 days but 360 degrees.
Mayas' missing leap year
The ancient Maya, famed for their elaborate and accurate calendar systems, observed two calendar years, but neither seemed to have bothered with a
"As far as we know, the people of Mesoamerica, the Maya included, didn't care about leap years," said Anthony Aveni, an expert in ancient
Mesoamerican astronomy at Colgate University.
The Maya solar year of 365 days was central to the agricultural cycle, while their ritual year of 260 days was critical for determining auspicious
These calendars were carefully designed to synchronize in 52-year cycles, but no effort was made to prevent "drifting" dates.
"They didn't care if they didn't have a white Christmas, or if their Fourth of July wasn't in the summer, to put it in our terms," Aveni
The Maya instead placed priority on marking the passage of time through additional calendar systems such as the Long Count, which unfolds on a cycle
more than 5,000 years long.
"Our philosophy about leap year is a complicated scheme to make the seasons jibe with the calendar," Aveni said.
"They were more concerned that time should be unbroken, not interfered with, and that the count of time should have continuity," he said.
"To break continuity would be to break order."
Originally posted by svetlana84
What most people don t realize: mayans did not have the leap years. So the 21.Dec 2012 according to their calendar already passed!
So, no i am not crapping my pants.
The only thing that could get out of hand is the self-fullfilling prophecy; when large group of people go crazy because of the prophecy. (or even the
non fullfilling of the prophecy).
Best advise, as in the hitchiker guide: DON'T PANIC and always have your towel ready.