About 13 B’aktun
Originally Posted on: http://13baktun.info/
The Maya were a very advanced civilization.
They were outstanding architects -they built the tallest pyramid in the world, La Danta at El Mirador, not surpassed in height until the first skyscraper was erected in 1885.
They were excellent astronomers -their calculations of the solar year have been the most precise of all human history until the invention of very modern instruments of space exploration.
They were stunning mathematicians -invented the combined use of the positional numeral system and the zero, centuries before any other civilization.
And they predicted “it will be the end” this 13 Baktun (December 21, 2012).
Glyph of the 13 Baktun.
What is “13 Baktun”?
13 Baktun is a date, composed of the number (13) and the unit (Baktun).
Just like if we said “Year 2000”, composed of the number (2000) and the unit (year).
Only that one Baktun is a period of time much longer than one year.
Is this December 21st the beginning or the end of the 13 Baktun?
December 21st 2012 is the end of the 13 Baktun.
What is one “Baktun”?
One “Baktun” is a period of 20 “Katun”.
One “Katun” is a period of 20 “Tun”.
One “Tun” is a period of 18 “Winal”.
One “Winal” is a period of 20 “Kin”.
One “Kin” is a day.
In all Mayan Calendars, days are the building blocks of time.
In other words, one Baktun is a period of 144,000 days.
Is one Baktun equal to 5125 or 5200 years?
None of the above! The Maya counted days, not years.
They didn’t even know the concept o
f “year”, because it belongs to the Gregorian Calendar brought to America by the Catholic Church about 500 years ago.