End Times December 21, 2012

There have been many prophesies that try to foretell the end of the world. Some of them have come and gone and still nothing significant has happened. Some people may have already grown tired of waiting and hoping for something, dreading a particular event that turned out to be false eventually. But still, there are many people who are remain wary of other future prophesies concerning the end of the world. One of them is December 21, 2012.

Date Significance

December 21, 2012 is just one of the dates that some say signify the end of the world. Many people have grown to fear that this date may just signify the end times. Many books have been published that try to explain the significance of December 21, 2012 as the date of the coming apocalypse. This dreaded date is mainly based on the Mayan Long Count Calendar.

Mayan Calendar

The Mayans were known to exist somewhere between 2000 BC to 250 AD. As a civilization, they were known to be one of the more culturally dynamic societies in the pre-Columbian Americas, having the only fully developed written language during its time. They also have their own art, architecture as well as astronomical systems.

The Mayans are prolific sky watchers. They also have developed their own calendar based generally on their astronomical observations. They make use of two types of calendars, the Short Count and the Long Count calendars. It is on the Mayan Long Count Calendar that the December 21, 2012 date was signified as the possible end time for the world.

The Long Count Calendar of the Mayans was the ancient civilization’s calendar system that is said to last for 5126 years. In this calendar, the Mayans use the numbers 13 and 20 as the base root of their numerical systems. In this case, the last day on the calendar occurs on 13.0.0.0.0. This number represents the 5126th year of the said calendar. The first day of the Mayan Long Count Calendar, 0.0.0.0.0, corresponds to the date August 11, 3114 B.C. when compared on today’s calendar. The day 5126 years later will fall on December 21, 2012.

Calendar Accuracy

The accuracy of the Mayan Long Count Calendar still requires considerable study when being correlated to the current Gregorian calendar being used today. What seems to convince some people on the significance of December 21 as the date of the apocalypse stems from the astronomical observations of the Mayans. What scholars have been looking forward to happen during the said date is the emergence of the Great Cycle, which is said to come at around 5126 years on the Mayan calendar. 

It is during this so called Great Cycle that scholars believe would bring forth a variety of cosmic activity, which may start with a series of long term sun spot activity which may cause earthquakes and major flooding all around the world. This is said to bring together other cataclysmic events that is said by some to herald the end of the world.

 
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