Mayans Say December 21, 2012 End Date Is Only For Them

As we approach the December 21, 2012 end-date of the 5,125-year Long Count Calendar of the ancient Maya, many people are questioning whether it really has any meaning for the modern world. We asked two experts on site at Palenque, Mexico, one of the most astonishing and beautiful cities of the classic period of Mayan civilization: INAH archeologist Benito Vegas Duran and archeo-astronomer Alonso Mendez of the Mayan Exploration Society:


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  • Kiss it

    Its the end of days, can’t run from it. See you in hell boot lickers!!!!

  • alizardx

    the December 21, 2012 end-date of the 5,125-year Long Count Calendar of the ancient Maya is an abridged version which is to the full version which was calculated to a *much* longer timespan as an abridged deadtree pocket dictionary is to the deadtree Oxford English Dictionary. Calendars can get sort of large when they’re carved in stone and nobody wanted to deal with anything bigger than the pocket dictionary version under normal circumstances.

  • dumbsaint

    Damn. I guess we’ll have to find another ancient culture to co-opt, you guys.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    But I’m 1/16th Mayan on my grandmother’s side, so I get to die, too, right? Or at least lose 32 pounds or my car keys or something?

  • DeepCough

    What’s Mayan for “Fucking DUH!”

  • Rus Archer

    that dude who thinks you can’t think globally has never tripped

  • Monkey See Monkey Do

    ‘What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls a butterfly.’

  • VaudeVillain

    Wait, so if I understand what those two gentlemen are saying, this whole kerfuffle is just a bunch of gringos fixating on random information without any intellectual, cultural or historical context and believing it is deeply significant to them.

    What an unlikley turn of events THAT would be…