2012 Doomsday: The End of the World According to the Mayan Calendar

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Keeping track of the future isn’t something that everyone does. We all go about our lives and are lucky to keep track of what we need to do next week. There have been many predictions of the world ending, whether from psychics, doomsayers, the quatrains of Nostradamus or the Bible, and now we are being told that the world will end in 2012. And not just any day in 2012; they even have it down to the month and day. Dec 21, 2012. Mark your calendar.

Does this put people into a panic? No one may be panicking yet, but it could be in the back of many minds these days. Natural disasters seem to be happening all over the world at a faster rate than we are used too, and movies portraying such events only serve to remind us more.

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The Mayan Calendar comes from what is called the ‘Long Count Calendar’. There are definitely enough books about it as well as information being passed around the internet. The calendar starts over every 5000 years, and exactly this event is coming up in our time on December 21, 2012.

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So people believe the world will end or at least have this huge apocalypse on or around that date. Scientists get in on this act, saying that the sun will be closer to the earth and the gravitational pull could bring larger sun spots. Some say the world will tip over and the North Pole will be the South Pole. Thanks for keeping us calm, scientists.

Of course, one might question the predictive powers of a people who couldn’t see the fall of their own empire coming. the Aztecs, for comparison, predicted the return of the Mesoamerican deity Quetzalcoatl on a certain date, which Cortez showed up on, bringing the cataclysm the priest had predicted.

Interesting, but I’m not holding my breath.

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