Those Darn Mayans

By now, you’ve heard that December 21, 2012, marks the “end” of the Mayan calendar, and possibly the end of the world. But is it?

Mayan calendar created by a modern craftsman
Image via Wikipedia

According to Wikipedia, the Mayan long count calendar is divided into the following time periods: k’in (one day), winal (20 k’in), tun (18 winal), k’atun (20 tun), and b’ak’tun (20 k’atun).  This is similar (but not identical) to the Western calendar time periods: days, months, years, centuries, and millenia.  The first b’ak’tun began toward the end of the year 2720 BC, hence the name “long count.”  Currently, we are heading toward the end of the 13th b’ak’tun, and will begin the 14th on December 21, 2012.  So, aside from turning pages on a calendar (either Mayan or Western), what else does this mean?  Apocalypse?  Well, not really:

Despite the publicity generated by the 2012 date, Susan Milbrath, curator of Latin American Art and Archaeology at the Florida Museum of Natural History, stated that “We have no record or knowledge that [the Maya] would think the world would come to an end” in 2012. “For the ancient Maya, it was a huge celebration to make it to the end of a whole cycle,” says Sandra Noble, executive director of the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies in Crystal River, Florida. To render December 21, 2012, as a doomsday event or moment of cosmic shifting, she says, is “a complete fabrication and a chance for a lot of people to cash in.”

Sounds a lot like the whole Y2K hullabaloo, isn’t it?  I’m thinking we should plan a party for December 22.

Having said all that, here’s a song that was Screamer of the Week on WLIR in February 1983!  Yes, the Mayans made me think of Boy George.  Darn Mayans.

Culture Club – “Time (Clock Of The Heart)”


Author: Chuck

I started out as a child, then things kind of grew from there.  I spend way too much time around computers and radios, but I do like to take a break once in a while.  I'm not a real doctor, but I played one on the radio in college. A bit later on, I wrote an article that was published in COMPUTE!'s Gazette (Commodore 64/128 magazine). I also think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.

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