Mayan calendar is the most hyped calendar in decades. It has been in headlines since ages due to its controversial predictions about the end of the world, its insane accuracy of a few predictions, but were all them right? How were the accuracies confirmed? Let’s dive in and find out more…
Is Mayan calendar actually a calendar? Like the ones on our tables?
No, it isn’t. It is an ancient Mayan scribbled on the walls of a building in a lost city in Guatemala. There are three walls decorated with beautiful murals. One of the walls has observations of motions of Moon, Sun, and planets.
2012 was the year when this calendar was at its peak of fame. The reason behind it was the controversial prediction:
“The world would end at 11:11 UTC on December 21, 2012”
Mayan calendar is a combination of 3 calendars: Tzolkin, Haab, and Long Count. The long-count calendar—which spans roughly 5,125 years starting in 3114 B.C.— was suppose to reach the end of the cycle on December 21, 2012, hence it was considered as doomsday.
Monument 6 from Tortuguero site created a buzz as it includes the only known inscription depicting the end of the current 13-Bak’tun era in 2012. What exactly the tablet says, though, is a mystery, because the glyphs (Maya script, also known as Maya glyphs, was the writing system of the Maya civilization) in question are partially damaged.
The world got another reason to celebrate when the above specified date & time passed, but 8 years later in the year 2020, when COVID-19 was terrorizing the world, a sudden hype of Mayan calendar started again.
“The date for end of the world was misread and it was now suppose to be 21st June, 2020”
21st June, 2020 was already full of rare events like the “Ring of Fire” caused by solar eclipse. Since the world was suffering enough due to various natural calamities and pandemic (COVID-19) so believing that this could be the end of the world was not so difficult. It’s 30th June, 2020 today and I need not say more.
Archaeologists realised in the past few years that the calendar on the wall was much more advanced than its time. They also realised that nothing, nothing on the wall foretells about the world coming to an end. Mayans used to calendar to mark important events. Know how Mayan calendar works.
There have been many prophecies for apocalyptic events ever since, NASA has managed to clear air on some of such events.
This is the Dresden codex, one of the oldest Mayan manuscripts of astronomy. The codex depicts hieroglyphs and numerals and figures, and contains ritual and divination calendars, calculations of the phases of Venus, eclipses of the sun and moon, instructions relating to new-year ceremonies, and descriptions of the locations of the Rain God. Find more details.
The trust on Mayan Calendar was established due to its accurate astronomy calculations. They developed some of the most accurate pre-telescope astronomy in the world, aided by their fully developed writing system and their positional numeral system, both of which are fully indigenous to Mesoamerica.
Origin of Mayan Calendar
Mayan Calendar dates back to 5 BC but it was not invented by Mayans. Maya civilization was a Mesoamerican civilization developed by the Maya peoples, and noted for its logosyllabic script.
Mayan’s had a great obsession with celestial movements.
Chichén Itzá is a complex of Mayan ruins on Mexico. A massive step pyramid, known as El Castillo (or Temple of Kukulcan), dominates the ancient city. These stairs are significant as the Mayan civilization used to gather here on special occasions like winter solstice, to observe the impact of movement of sun on the stairs.
The Mayan civilizations has yet not vanished. There are many million Mayans still living in central America and cherishing their beautiful calendar for special events.
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