Debunking the Mayan Calendar “Prophecy”

by Martha Lopez – ( Nov 6, 2012

Why is it that whenever someone warns about the Mayan Calendar and the end of the world, he is pointing at the Aztec “Stone of the Sun”?
Yes, that picture of the “Mayan Calendar” is not Mayan, and is not even a calendar. The “Stone of the Sun” is a graphical representation of the Aztec cosmology. 
The “Piedra del Sol” (“Stone of the Sun”) simply shows Aztec pictographs that form a calendar.
Yet if you go to Google images, it is identified as “The Mayan Calendar.” 
If they can’t get the Calendar straight, how can we take the prophesy of doom seriously? 
Both, Aztecs and Mayans, had not just one calendar, they had many. 
They both shared cyclical calendars of different durations: 365, 260, and 18, 980 days. 
The “Stone of the Sun” simply shows all the pictographs that represent all those counts (Here’s an explanation of the symbols).
Imagine having a circle with the names of centuries written in the center, years, months and days around them concentrically. Not really a calendar. Close, but you wouldn’t be able to tell which day today is.
The 2012 end of the world date comes from the Mayan “long count” calendar. 


Comment – Dec 2012

This article has garnered so many visitors that we feel compelled to comment. First and foremost the Mayan calendar does NOT “prophecy the end-of-the-world”.
The Mayan calendar is precisely that, a calendar that records the passage of time. Unlike modern annual calendars however, the Mayan calendar marks the passage of many thousands of years not months.
The significance of December 21, 2012 on the Mayan calendar is that it marks the end of one age and the beginning of another. This transition may be accompanied by cataclysmic events or it may not. The important thing is that it marks a point of spiritual evolutionary growth for the planet and humanity.
True, not everyone is going to complete that transition successfully but they probably believe that December 21, 2012 marks the “end-of-the-world” anyway. For many others however the winter solstice 2012 will mark the beginning of a new age of spiritual growth and fulfilment. Ed.
See: Is December 21, 2012, Judgement Day? 

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