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Do you believe prophicies attributed to the Mayan Long Count Calendar?

Discussion in 'The OT' started by Davenlr, Mar 17, 2012.

Will the world end around Dec 21st, 2012?

  1. Yes - I believe it will

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  2. No - I dont believe it will

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  3. Unsure - I have no idea.

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  4. Maybe - Ill keep watching events to see what happens

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  1. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    Actually, the Mayans DID account for leap year. Their day and our atomic clock are within 0.0001 hours, and the atomic clock people say the atomic clock has a plus or minus 0.0005 error rate.
     
  2. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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  3. sigma1914

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    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/...ar-day-february-29-calendar-cultures-science/
     
  4. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    Agree, they DIDNT observe a leap year, but their day was 365.242 days, not 365.

    The atomic clock shows the same exact year length +/- 0.0005.

    http://www.webexhibits.org/calendars/calendar-mayan.html
     
  5. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Neither did the Maya. They thought there was a cycle before the current and Maya scholars think this implies they thought there would be another long count after this one.

    AAMOF, Maya scholars say there is nothing to indicate that the end of the calendar means anything. There's no apocalyptic prophesies relating to the calendar in the Maya history or mysticism.

    It's a 20th century invention without basis. :shrug:

    Mike
     
  6. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    Basis of advertising dollars on H2 :)

    Best line ive heard... If they Mayans were prophetic, why didnt they see the Spanish coming ?
     
  7. Alan Gordon

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    I voted "unsure."

    My religion is pretty clear that the end of the world will come when no one is expecting it, so my money would be more on December 21, 2013 than 2012.

    However, I do believe a cataclysmic event could be possible (ala Nostradamus).

    Either way, I'm not worried about it either way... what happens will happen, and my plans for the night will be the same as it would be otherwise. :rolleyes:

    It would suck for an aunt of mine though... can you imagine the end of the world happening on your birthday?!?! :eek2:

    ~Alan
     
  8. phrelin

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    The people of Mesoamerica had a complex creation mythology which really did not include predicting the end of the world. And, yes, some of the future stories go well beyond 2012.

    The Mayan Long Count looks like this from Wikipedia:

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    Every Pictun represents 7,885 solar years of exactly 365.2504755865570 days. But it's one of the four rarely used higher-order cycles: Pictun, Kalabtun, K'inchiltun, and Alautun.

    But I don't think they worried a great deal about anything beyond ¼ day. Instead they worried about the lunation cycle and the Venus cycle.
     
  9. fluffybear

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    No for me!
     
  10. Nick

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    Nothing will happen, other than the usual stuff that happens on any given day. I had a 2011 wall calendar that ended 12/31/2011, so by one interpretation, it inferred there would be no days after that. There were.

    Life will go on.
     
  11. HDJulie

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    My husband already thought that day would be the end of the world - he turns 60 ;-)
     
  12. Stewart Vernon

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    Sorry I wasn't clearer earlier... but that was my point too. The Mayans weren't predicting the world to end... they just hadn't made the next calendar yet, and probably thought they had plenty of time to do so :)

    It's a modern retroactive thing to try and assign motivation for the lack of a continued Mayan calendar... not anything the Mayans said or did.
     
  13. Drucifer

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    You realize light and therefore the image take light years to get here from the center of galaxy. So any gravity alignment is only in the mind of the person who pointed out that erroneous detail.
     
  14. Mike Bertelson

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    Actually, the perfect alignment happened already. It was in 1998 and in 2012 it will be close but not as close as it was in '98.

    Just a bit of trivia. :grin:

    Mike
     
  15. dpeters11

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    I think it's about 22-24,000 light years away. So we'd see light reaching us that left the area just a few thousand years after neanderthals went extinct. It really shows how massive just our galaxy is, let alone the universe.
     
  16. armophob

    armophob Difficulty Concen........

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    The end of the world? No.
    The end of humanity? ehhh, could be doc.
     
  17. SeaBeagle

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    The calendar needs updating. Most likely the reason that calendar
    ends on that date is because the writers became bored
     
  18. BubblePuppy

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    After 12/21/2012 I believe these predictions will come true:
    1. People will stop talking and posting about the Mayan Calendar (The Mayans did.).
    2. Those people with boring life realities will become interested in other mythical far fetched future predictors.
     
  19. Alan Gordon

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    Tell him 60 is the new 30! :D

    Not all of us... I know very little about the Mayan calendar or even the Nostradamus prediction, though I at least read a tiny bit about the latter one earlier this year.

    ~Alan
     
  20. SPACEMAKER

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    Exactly!
     

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