Remember, it was December 21, 2012, when the Maya calendar system reached its one full cycle of creation. According to doomsday predictors and New Age believers, the date was the exact date of the end of the world. Many people freaked out over this apocalypse event that they do not believe even in the news announcing that it will not be the end of the world. Even NASA researchers received e-mails from panicked people about the apocalypse.
It seemed that every corner of the world prepared for the said doomsday that never happened. So, how do these modern doomsday predictors and New Age believers came up with this theory?
These predictors and believers used the Mayan Calendar, or what other calls Mayan Doomsday Clock. This calendar is very different from our calendar. The calendar has consisted of three calendars named Tzolk’in (sacred calendar), Haab (secular calendar), and the Long Count Calendar.
Among the three calendars, the Long Count Calendar caused all the predictions of the December 21, 2012 doomsday because it is used to track extended periods of times. The dates in this calendar are written out as five numbers separated by four periods in which ancient Maya represented with their hieroglyphs.
Every cycle in this calendar is being called as the “universal cycle” by the Maya. In other words, the 7885 solar years is equivalent to 2,880,000 days long in the Long Count Calendar which was December 21, 2012, in our calendar. They believe that upon reaching this universal cycle, the world will destroy and recreate itself again.
But the real Mayans and Maya scholars say that the Long Count Calendar may not predict doomsday. They believe that people saw it as an apocalypse, but the ancient Maya would have celebrated it as the day of new beginning.