By Alexandra Bruce
The increased spouse booklet to the number one documentary movie approximately 2012! The 2012 meme has developed past any debates concerning the relevance of the Maya lengthy count number calendar to the lives of up to date humans. 2012 is set us on planet Earth at the moment. December 21, 2012: will the area fairly switch endlessly in this date, the top of a 5,125-year calendar final used over one thousand years in the past? definitely Hollywood would favor you to imagine so. certainly, a not-so-small has arisen round the date, hawking every little thing from t-shirts to teleseminars. Clearing a direction among myth and truth, Alexandra Bruce surveys the full 2012 panorama, asking questions comparable to: Is the Earth wasting its Mojo? How did 2012 come to intend "The finish of Time"? Did psychedelics facilitate the Maya "Cosmovision"? may still we fear approximately Earth Crustal Displacement? What the hell is "Planet X"? Uniquely among an enormous array of 2012 literature, this booklet positive aspects interviews with the best experts—including Graham Hancock, John significant Jenkins, Daniel Pinchbeck and lots of others—and insightful, designated research of the vast spectrum of opinion, debate, study and fable in regards to the so much compelling "end occasions" prediction of the twenty first century.
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This deity is associated with war, conflict, and the Maya “Underworlds” of night-time and death. ” —John Major Jenkins, On-Camera Interview in 2012: Science or Superstition THE DOMINANT “WOBBLE” THEORY I f we could film the Earth from a geosynchronous satellite for thousands of years in time-lapse photography and then play back the footage in fast motion, the Earth would look like a spinning top, with a teetering wobble. From the Earth’s surface, the visual byproduct of this wobble is a slow shifting of background stars in the night sky, at a rate of 1º every 72 years.
This is the generally accepted view. Because precession is so gradual, in order for a culture to be aware of it requires two or three generation’s worth of good astronomical observations—and good calculations based on those observations. In the West, the ancient Greek astronomer Hipparchus is generally credited with discovering precession in the 2nd century BCE, though 39 there is some debate that another Greek had discovered precession in the previous century. Hipparchus accomplished this by comparing his own observations of the brightest stars in the sky with those of two Greek astronomers who lived before him, one- and two-hundred years respectively, leading him to calculate that the full 360º-cycle of precession of the sky above would take approximately 36,000 years— over 10,000 years longer than has since been determined.
Since the average lifespan of the ancient Maya person was below 52 years and the combined T’zolk’in and Haab’ dates wouldn’t recur for another 52 years, this system of identifying days was satisfactory for the uses of most of the people back then. 21 THE MAYA LONG COUNT CALENDAR The Long Count calendar is a framework that utilizes nested periods with five place values. Unlike Western numbering, which uses a base-10 number scheme, the Long Count days were tallied in a base20 scheme. 0 would be equal to 40.