As 2012 Approaches

It’s 2011 and December of 2012 quickly encroaches upon us and the time that the Mayan Calendar is set to end. So, what does this mean for you and I? Is this beginning of the end? Should we expect the final doomsday to be upon us or should we dismiss the fear that has gripped many people? Should we be stocking our storage rooms or be planning our next vacation to the beautiful beaches of Playa del Carmen.

For those who do not know, the Mayan Calendar is a system of calendars and almanacs used in the Maya civilization of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, and in some modern Maya communities in highland Guatemala and Oaxaca, Mexico.

The essentials of the Maya calendric system are based upon a system which had been in common use throughout the region, dating back to at least the 5th century BC. It shares many aspects with calendars employed by other earlier Mesoamerican civilizations, such as the Zapotec and Olmec, and contemporary or later ones such as the Mixtec and Aztec calendars. Although the Mesoamerica calendar did not originate with the Maya, their subsequent extensions and refinements of it were the most sophisticated. Along with those of the Aztecs, the Maya calendars are the best-documented and most completely understood.

So should we be worried that 2012 seems to be as far the various Mayan Calendars can predict? Perhaps not, considering that in Mayan culture if an individual lives to see the end of an astral cycle it is a cause for celebration not an expectation for the worst.

It is also likely that since time is infinite, there has to be repeating process to measure it. Due to this many believe that the Mayan Calendar works in a similar fashion to our every day calendars, once December 31st comes along does time just suddenly end? No, rather it starts anew on January 1st to repeat the process. Considering that the Mayans are so very well known for their ability to understand and record these cycles, one can assume the same behind the reasoning of why the Mayan Calendar ends in 2012, it is simply the end of the Long Count cycle.

Not to mention that there is no perceivable scientific threat to Earth whatsoever for 2012, no incoming asteroids, hurtling planets, magnetic shifts or anything of the like. For any claims of disaster or dramatic changes in 2012, where is the science? Where is the evidence? There is none. There is no credible data for any of the assertions made in support of unusual events taking place in December 2012, although they do make one excellent idea for a movie.

For a complete, scientific breakdown and revelation of fallacies that have led to the 2012 end of the world theory, feel free to view NASA’s website here.

2012 will be cause for nothing but celebration here in the Riviera Maya when it finally arrives, the local people understand more than any that this time holds no other significance other a new time period being upon us, in a way that New Year ’s Eve is held in reverence. Some preparation may be needed however if you plan on being here in stunning Playa del Carmen for that eventful day…you’ll need to have your best outfit and your dancing shoes ready…be warned.

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