|Anthony Aveni, Colgate University|
|Mayan temple in Chichen Itza. By Daniel Schwen|
New Mayan date for end of the world?
Reprinted by permission from http://www.indiatimes.com/
By Susmita Mukherjee
May 31, 2016
Turns out, it hadn't.It was earlier believed that the end of the calendar marked the end of a 5,126-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar. This would mean a new era of positive energy on Earth and the beginning of a new age. This is believed to be a cryptic message marking the end of the world.
“As far as we know, the people of Mesoamerica, the Maya included, didn’t care about leap years,” Anthony Aveni, an expert in ancient Mesoamerican astronomy at Colgate University told the National Geographic.
“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.”
"To break continuity would be to break order.”
Here is how the fresh calculations predict the date:
There is a 1,260 day difference between the calendars.
The Julian Calendar is 365.25 days which accounts for leap years.
The Gregorian Calendar is 365.2425 days which accounts for leap years as well.
The Egyptian and the Maya Haab Calendar don’t account for leap years.
And December 21st, 2012 plus 1,260 days = June 3rd/4th, 2016
The baktun is 144,000 days. There are 13 baktuns in the Mayan Calendar.
144,000 days x 13 baktuns = 1,872,000 solar days
Now the Gregorian calendar solar year is 365.2425
The Julian calendar solar year is 365.25
The Haab Mayan calendar solar year is 365
1,872,000 days/365.2425 (Gregorian solar year) = 5125.36 years
1,872,000 days/365.25 (Julian solar year) = 5125.256 years
and then here is the big difference….
1,872,000 days/365 (Haab solar year) = 5128.76 years
Subtract 5128.76 years (Haab) from 5125.256 years (Julian) =
= 3.504 year difference and that makes 1260 days