The date December 21, 2012 is not symbolic of the end of the world but rather an end to the current cycle we are living in. The Mayan Calendar isn’t just one calendar (as people often assume); it is multiple calendars that interlock. According to Mayan writings, the date December 21st closes the 13th Bak’tun and marks the beginning of new cycle. Due to varied interpretations of writings found on damaged tablets, people have misunderstood the idea of “God coming down” at the end of this cycle to mean the end of the world. Find out more information about the Mayan calendar in the graphic below.
Find out more about the world of the Maya in Mark Van Stone’s book, “2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya”