Friday, December 21, 2012

Straight Facts on 12/21/12

I have already heard in person and seen on Facebook enough bullshit about 2012 that I feel like a few facts might help you readers strike down the stupid in a little cheat sheet here.

Quick notes for 12/21/12:

  1. As a people, they are the Maya, not the Mayans.
  2. As a people, they still exist as a culture, despite the Spanish.
  3. The Mayan calendar does not "end" any more than our calendar ends on Dec. 31st.
  4. Calendars are cyclical, ours and theirs. What happened today was a transition to the new (14th) b'ak'tun (or on the long count calendar.
  5. One b'ak'tun is 144,000 days, so it's kind of a big deal.
  6. The Maya NEVER predicted cataclysm on this turn. That was a fairly recent construct of an intersection of New Age ideas, conspiracy theory, and popular culture.
  7. A full set of 20 b'ak'tun (piktun) will occur October 13, 4772. HUGE deal. Still: no end of days.

So tonight, raise a glass to the Maya and the new b'ak'tun. But be careful out there friends: there are a great deal of misinformed people looking for an excuse to ignore all consequence. Cheers!

1 comment:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

My new favourite word today is "b'ak'tun" (if I've spelled it right).