Is this the final week of Geo-Mexico (and the world)? Predictions have snowballed in recent years that the world will come to an end on 21 December 2012. The claims are based on the fact that the current Maya calendar cycle “ends” on that day. The Maya have several simultaneous calendar counts. Each long cycle count, or B’ak’tun, lasts 394.3 years. The very first B’ak’tun began on 11 August 3114 BC, the date when the Maya believe they were created. The 13th B’ak’tun ends on 21 December 2012, hence the concern propagated by panic-mongers.
The Maya themselves don’t seem too worried by these alarmist claims. They worked out years ago that their 14th B’ak’tun cycle will start the next day, 22 December 2012, and run to sometime in 2406. On the other hand, is it just a simple coincidence that on 21 December 2012, at the exact moment of the winter solstice at 23:11 UST, the sun will be precisely aligned with the center of the Milky Way galaxy, as seen from Earth— the first time this has happened for 26,000 years?
Will the claims be proven true? Unlikely, but just in case we will delay writing any posts about the geography of Mexico for publication after 22 December 2012 until we’re absolutely sure…
Need more evidence? As a starting-point, try:
[This post, excluding the first sentence, was first published on Geo-Mexico on 20 August 2011]