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A Complete Breakdown Of The 2012 Mayan Apocalypse

Who were the Mayans?
The Mayan civilization dates back to 2000 B.C., and extended through what is now southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, and parts of Honduras. During the civilization's peak, from A.D. 300 to 900, the Mayans not only built towering temples and pyramids but also created elaborate astronomical maps and calendars and sophisticated mathematical systems. The civilization went into decline after 900, and its once-teeming cities were soon abandoned. Historians dispute why this happened; some say the Mayans were decimated by a 200-year drought, while others say they brought on their own downfall through over-farming. About 10 million descendants of the Mayans still live in Central America. 
Did the Mayans predict the end of the world?
That belief is very much in dispute. The Mayan "long count" calendar progresses using a cycle of approximately 394 years known as a baktun; the calendar ends after the 13th baktun, which closes on Dec. 21 of this year. A stone tablet recovered in Mexico in the 1960s made an oblique reference to a god of war descending from the sky at the end of the 13th baktun. That artifact has fed widespread theories that the world will end that day, and archaeologists last November identified an ancient brick fragment inscribed with what could be another reference to the same portentous date. But anthropologists unanimously agree that the Mayans saw time as cyclical, not linear; Dec. 21, 2012, simply represents the end of one cycle and the start of a new one. "There is no concept of apocalypse in the Mayan culture," said Jesús Gomez, head of the Guatemalan confederation of Mayan priests.

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Comment by Ed Price
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The only reason that people are intrigued with the idea of a coming destruction is because, it attempts to pinpoint a more or less exact time. Everybody dies. Once you die, you no longer have anything to do with this life. Nobody likes surprises. Pinpointing a time takes the surprise out of it. But, the point is this: you are just as destroyed if you die from old age, or a heart attack, or a car accident, or you name it, as you would be from a Mayan prediction that happened to come true for you.

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