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Mayan 2012 Doomsday Prophecy?

I am in Honor’s English 3, and we are currently studying Native American folklore, and what our next assignment is, is to pick a myth or prophecy, study it, and stand up in the middle of class and present it to the students as if we were telling a story, no paper to look at and no help once so ever. With 2012 approaching, I thought it would be suitable to tell the Mayan 2012 Doomsday Prophecy. What I need from you guys is, someone with knowledge in this area of history, to tell me more about the Mayans belief of the end, their calendar, how they thought their science played a part in the prophecy seeing how they were very educated astronomers, and anything that may be of use to me.
No I do not believe in this prophecy, so please do not answer back saying how stupid I am for believing in it. I just think it would be very suitable to tell this tale.

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Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 Prepper Survival

9 Comments to Mayan 2012 Doomsday Prophecy?

August 31, 2011

it just marks the conclusion of a b’ak’tun – a time period in the long count calendar — linear rather than cyclical, keeping time in approximate units of 20.
20 days made a uinal, 18 uinals (360 days) made a tun, 20 tuns made a k’atun, and 20 k’atuns (144,000 days/about 394 years) made up a b’ak’tun — a world age.

as far as the "apoclyptic" nature of this — it is ALL interpretation, which the calendar leaves very open.
the popol vuh (a compilation of creation accounts from the k’iche’ maya/colonial-era) indicates we are living in the 4th world.
the gods first creating 3 failed worlds, followed by a successful 4th world in which humanity was placed.
in the maya long count, the 3rd world ended after 13 b’ak’tuns, or roughly 5,125 years….which then resets @zero (which corresponds to 11 august 3114 BC in the gregorian) which means that the 4th world will reach the end of its 13th b’ak’tun on december 21, 2012.

what they never mention however – is that the mayan long count also gives ‘prediction dates" well past the 13th baktun……for example stele 1 at coba… a date twenty units above the b’ak’tun, placing it either 41 octillion years in the future OR the past. (that is 3 quintillion times the age of the universe as determined by cosmologists).

The Astronaut
August 31, 2011

If the Mayans could predict the world ending in 2012 AD, why couldn’t they predict the end of their civilization and save themselves?

August 31, 2011

Everybody thinks the world will end in 2012 because that’s when the Mayan calendar ended. That’s really all I know.

Zombie Crazyfool
August 31, 2011

Mayans didn’t predict the end of the world,just the end of their calender.

Ashamed Lion
August 31, 2011

It’s not a doomsday prophecy.

August 31, 2011

It’s the end of the calender. It starts over anew.

Becka Morgan
August 31, 2011

The Mayans didn’t prophecy the end of the world….. they made a huge calendar and that calendar just ends with no explaination…. alarmists and peopel who like to cause trouble have turned that into an end times prophecy….. The mayans never said the world will end.. they just ran out of room to continue the calendar.

August 31, 2011

+ 2012 +

One of several Mayan calendars is the Long Count calendar, which is reset to day 0 every 1,872,000 days or about 5125 years. The next reset date, by some calculations, is December 21, 2012. This is not a prediction of the end of the world. Here is what a Mayan elder says on the subject:

These predictions are scare tactics, conspiracy theories, and chances to make money from books and movies.

Ever since the Y2K and 6/6/6 (June 6, 2006) End of the World scenarios did not pan out, the scare mongers, conspiracy theorists, book sellers, and television executives have been touting the 2012 End of the World scenario. When 2012 does not happen either, I am sure they will think of something else.

Here is also what NASA thinks about the 2012 End of the World scenario:

If you want a bit more information on the 2012 hoax, try:

+ The End of the World +

"But of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come." (Mark 13:32-33)

Jesus told us in no uncertain terms that we were not to know when the end of the world would come but that we were always to be ready.

The early Christian Church thought that Jesus was going to return at any moment. Only after a couple of centuries did the Church realize that it may be 2,000 or 4,000 or 8,000 years before Jesus returns.

The Catholic Church wisely follows Jesus’ advice and teaches that each of us should live as if we will meet our maker in the next ten minutes and that we need to work to make the world a better place for our 100 X great-grandchildren.

Do not worry about the end of the world. Trust God to make sure everything happens to plan. Just be ready to meet God at any time.

For more information, about what Catholics believe about the end of the world, see:

With love in Christ.

The Malted Falcon
August 31, 2011

There is no Mayan prophecy of doom. I one of several Mayan cities, there is a damaged inscription that says at the end of the 13th baktun nine support somethings (probably god) will descend from somewhere to somewhere else. That is what is actually known.

A baktun is a period of 144,000 days and it is a unit in the mayan "long count" of days from some date in their legendary past.

The trouble is that nobody knows exactly what that date in their legendary past the count started. If the first guess is correct, and nobody including the ancient Mayans made any mistakes, then the end of the 13th baktun will be about 21 or 23 December 2012 by our count.

On top of that the Mayan civilisation was not a single country, they had a number of city states which were often at war with each other and what was believed in one city might not have been believed in the next.

Much more detail from people who really know what they are talking about at

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