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Maya predicted end of the world in 2012


The Maya calendar doesn't end in 2012. But December 21, 2012, is the time when the largest grand cycle in the Mayan calendar-1,872,000 days or 5,125.37 years-overturns and a new cycle begins. The Maya kept time on a scale few other cultures have considered. During the empire's heyday, the Maya invented the Long Count-a lengthy circular calendar that "transplanted the roots of Maya culture all the way back to creation itself." During the 2012 winter solstice, time runs out on the current era of the Long Count calendar, which began at what the Maya saw as the dawn of the last creation period: August 11, 3114 B.C. The Maya wrote that date, which preceded their civilization by thousands of years, as Day Zero, or December 2012 the lengthy era ends and the complicated, cyclical calendar will roll over again to Day Zero, beginning another enormous cycle.

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