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Mayan Calendar Discovery — The World Does Not End

October 10, 2012

“Archaeologists have found the underground chamber of an official Mayan calendar chronicler! And what his inscriptions reveal is that there is another Age following the present "Age of Movement" that ends on this coming Winter Solstice, December 21, 2012. The world does not end—Hooray! In fact, it goes on and on and on.”


From the A.R.E. blog, "Mayan Calendar Discovery"
By John Van Auken

William Saturno of Boston University, the archaeologist who manages the new discovery, published an article in the journal Science, and writes: "The Maya calendar is going to keep going and keep going for billions, trillions, octillions of years into the future, a huge number that we can't even wrap our heads around."

What Saturno found turned out to be a well-preserved mural that includes the oldest known Mayan calendar ever found. And just like the Maya Long Count calendar, which serves as the basis for the apocalypse myth, this calendar extends indefinitely into the future.

The Mayan calendar is 20 katun cycles containing 144,000 days, equal to 394.26 tropical years, and a whole cycle is 5,128 years. The current cycle we've been living in began on August 11 or 13, 3114 BC, and ends this year on December 21 or 23. The current 13th baktun will end, or be completed, on the Mayan date of (which is equivalent to December 21, 2012 using the GMT correlation).

This new discovery provides us with clear evidence that the end of this 5,128 cycle marks the beginning of a new cycle! According to Mayan legend, the current world—the one in which we are all currently living—is an era of major change, the so-called Age of Movement.

Curiously, the newly discovered Mayan calendar in the chronicler's chamber has cycles of time recording 17 baktuns, rather than the standard 13.

The new finding shows that the calculations include a time span longer than 6,000 years that could extend well beyond 2012. Anthony Aveni of Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., an expert on Mayan astronomy asks, "Why would they go into those numbers if the world is going to come to an end this year? You could say a number that big at least suggests that time marches on."

Leaders among the Maya were keenly interested in astronomy and sought to coordinate sacred rituals with events in the heavens above. A chronicler of the heaven movements and time cycles would have been an honored member of the Maya court.

The wall in the chronicler's chamber was used in the same way a modern mathematician might use a whiteboard. The chronicler wrote his frequently consulted formulas on the wall of his chamber instead of having to look them up in a book. And— because these calendar details were inscribed on a wall—he preserved them better than any book would have. In fact, no books remain from the period when the chronicler wrote on his wall—researchers believe this wall dates to 800 AD.

In addition to the time data, there are pictures on the other walls in the chronicler's chamber, including an image of a king in a feather headdress, seated on a throne, with a white-garbed person peeking out from behind him (possibly a self-portrait of our chronicler). A painting of a scribe holding a stylus was on another wall.

According to the archaeologists, these paintings were the first Maya art to be found on the walls of a person's house....

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If the present age is the Age of Movement, is the next age designated?

By L S Miranda on 2012 12 20
From the entry 'Mayan Calendar Discovery — The World Does Not End'.

It is quite confusing: the article posted on is page (and for how long, too?). The writer uses and referes to past events; other interjections; or related possible (?) historical facts / past revelations - or hypothesis. The worst thing about the article provided here is that it makes the naive assumption that everyone who reads it has been following the author’s (or others) past articles or factual revelations are being routinely followed by this reader. Not so. The data is sketchy in this article, here. It references past articles by the same author - or those by other authors /scholars (?) - and does a very poor job of connecting the dots, as it were, to whatever the author is trying to explain here, based on past archeological evidence, conjecture, fantasy, and myth. I got nothing from this article that made sense. Sorry.

By Michael Dean Giamo on 2012 10 14
From the entry 'Mayan Calendar Discovery — The World Does Not End'.

See also:

The article describes the recent scholarly conference on this subject that took place in Mexico City: “Such apocalyptic visions have been common for more than 1,000 years in Western, Christian thinking, and are not native to Mayan thought.” Exactly what I had said in my book.

By Joe Felser on 2012 10 13
From the entry 'Mayan Calendar Discovery — The World Does Not End'.

Highly remarkable finding.  Our YUGA calendar says the same thing. We have a long time to go till the Kali Yuga comes and it’s duration is also very long. Only after the Kali Yuga, Pralayam is to come.

By thiyer on 2012 10 11
From the entry 'Mayan Calendar Discovery — The World Does Not End'.

Did he give his student credit?

By Carol W on 2012 10 11
From the entry 'Mayan Calendar Discovery — The World Does Not End'.


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