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January 15, 2008

How many miles do you got on that thing?

Filed under: 2012, Maya Calendar, Not Politics, Tinfoil Hat — t4toby @ 3:42 pm


Get out the tinfoil hats, kiddies, its time to talk about the Maya calendar.

The Maya Calendar is a calendar based on the movements of the heavens and the Earth’s rotational precession. The cycle of this precession is about 26,000 years, or one Platonic year. That cycle comes to a close on the Winter Solstice, 2012.

Actually, the Maya used 3 calendars, but I am only thinking about the Long Count. Somewhere around December 21, 2012, a Great Cycle (1,872,000 days) that began August 11, 3114 BCE will come to a close. The sun’s ecliptic path will exactly coincide with the equator of the Milky Way in a region known as the Sacred Tree. The Sacred Tree was believed to be the entrance to the underworld by the Maya. Or to put it another way:

Mythically, at sunrise on December 21, 2012, the Sun- our Father- rises to conjoin the center of the Sacred Tree, the World Tree, the Tree of Life.

To think of this in visual terms, imagine the belt of the Milky Way leading all the way from Polaris to exactly where the sun will rise on that equinox. (Powerful stuff when you live in a world without artificial lighting.)
There is a lot of information out there about this. A large group of people seem to interpret this as the end of time, Armageddon. However:

The astronomer Philip Plait has stated very clearly that the Mayan calendar does not end in 2012 at all, that it is like the odometer on your car, as each section of the odometer reaches 9 and then clicks over to 0, the next number to it starts a new cycle, so that when all the numbers again reach 0 all the way across the odometer – the last number will change from 1 to 2 and the new cycle starts all over again.

So what will happen? I’ll explore that later…

Two notes:

1. The proper use of the word Maya: Evidently, they are the Maya, it is the Maya calendar, and they speak Mayan. (See comment #2)
2. I apologize for the sporadic posting lately. I could make several excuses, but that is all that they would be.



  1. What’s the definitive source for the proper use of Maya or Mayan? I’ll ask a librarian. You did hear the UFO came to TX didn’t you? Armageddon may be comin down the pike.

    Comment by grindchopblend — January 15, 2008 @ 4:01 pm

  2. According to the Oxford English Dictionary (which rules the world apparently) both words, Maya and Mayan, can be used as an adjective or noun. So you could say Maya Calendar, Maya language, Mayan Calendar or Mayan language. All are correct. Sort of. Maya (the noun) is “The language of the Maya people, which is a member of the Mayan language family. Also called Yucatec.” But Mayan (the noun) is defined as “Designating or belonging to a large family of American Indian languages spoken in Central America.”
    In sum, both are acceptable as adjectives; however, your assertion regarding the noun “mayan” is at best incomplete and at worst slimily (adv)deceptive.

    Comment by grindchopblend — January 16, 2008 @ 7:23 pm

  3. For those etymologists who are reading your blog and want to see MY fantastic blog, I must correct the link. Here.

    Comment by grindchopblend — January 16, 2008 @ 7:25 pm

  4. Yeah, this place is swarming with etymologists.

    Comment by t4toby — January 17, 2008 @ 9:26 am

  5. There is a lot of information out there about this. A large group of people seem to interpret this as the end of time, Armageddon.

    Yep, the astronomer dude has it right: the Mayans just see this as a marking point in one big cycle. Most of the world sees time as cyclical, but Western Civilization is unique in that it views time as being linear with a definite beginning and end point. I think it has a lot to do with the mythos behind Abrahamic religions with God creating everything, and then it all ends with any one of the numerous bad acid trip prophecies.

    Comment by Blue Buddha — January 17, 2008 @ 3:56 pm

  6. are philologists allowed to look?

    Comment by TheAbysmal — January 22, 2009 @ 3:55 pm

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