May 31, 2016

The Mayan 'end of time' is back, this time it's June 2016

Anthony Aveni, Colgate University
Mayan temple in Chichen Itza. By Daniel Schwen

New Mayan date for end of the world?

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By Susmita Mukherjee
India Times
May 31, 2016

As four years after the deadline for the end of the world (as set by the Mayan calendar) came and went without incident, scholars across the world have been trying to put their heads together to understand how the advanced knowledge of the Mayans had gone wrong. 

Turns out, it hadn't. 

Modern day scholars were the ones who got the date wrong. A series of miscalculations led to the faulty date, which has now been revised to five days from today, June 3-4 this year!
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.

Thus, the Egyptian and Maya Haab Calendar is 365 days!

And December 21st, 2012 plus 1,260 days = June 3rd/4th, 2016

A widely-circulated post claims the following:

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) =

Ready ...

= 3.504 year difference and that makes 1260 days

See the entire article by Susmita Mukherjee of the India Times at

"Anthony F. Aveni helped develop the field of archaeoastronomy and now is considered one of the founders of Mesoamerican archaeoastronomy, in particular for his research in the astronomical history of the Maya Indians of ancient Mexico," according to Colgate University.

Learn more about Professor Anthony Aveni