Just what will happen on December 21, 2012?

Chances are, nothing. That’s right folks. The hype is just that, hype. But the Maya calendar is not meant to predict future events, but to keep track of the amazing pantheon of gods that ruled their lives.

What is really amazing about the calendar, though,  is that the Maya were able to create it in the first place, Without the use of calculators or telescopes the Maya were able to calculate the exact position of the planets and the stars to a level of precision that is remarkable. But of course you don’t need a telescope to see brilliant stars and spot the planets when sky watching among Maya ruins in Guatemala, Belize or Mexico. The stars look so close it seems you could pluck them from the sky. Maybe that’s why I love it so much there.

So the question is what did the Maya say about December 21, 2012? Well, not much, actually. There are two, maybe three places, were the date is mentioned. One is on a monument in Totugero, Mexico, and that one isn’t even entirely readable. For a very intelligent discussion of what the Maya believe about time and the 13th Baktun end date, check out this blog by Norbert at Globetreks.com. It will calm all your fears.

Another stone monument recently discovered in Comocalco, Tabasco, Mexico, says the  last day of this baktun is December 23, 2012.

Either way, the day should prove to be just like any other. A day that, even for the modern Maya, will me one more day to get out of bed and get on with life.

About 2012therealdeal

I am a writer and a school librarian who has a passion for all things Maya.
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