How The Mayan Calendar Works: Why The World Won't End On Fridayamkkhan writes "The Mayan Apocalypse. December 21, 2012. The end of the world. We've been hearing about the Mayan Apocalypse for years now, but to anyone who understands how the Mayan calendar works, it's clear that the Mayans never predicted the end of the world, and they certainly didn't predict that any type of catastrophic event would occur on December 21, 2012.
How the Mayan calendar works may seem daunting at first, but it's really quite simple. The Mayans used three different calendars. The first, the Tzolk'in, lasted 260 days and then started over again, much like our 365 day calendar, and was used to schedule religious ceremonies. The second, the Haab', lasted 365 day, but did not take into account the extra quarter-day our modern calendar does.
The third calendar, and the most important to understand, is the Long-Count Calendar. The Long-Count Calendar, which ends on (or about) December 21, is the one that has stirred up all of the doomsday fears, but understanding how this Mayan Calendar works should put all of that fear to rest."
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