Posted by: marjbicknelljohnson | January 25, 2012

The Mayan Calen…

The Mayan Calendar

January 1, 2012 was day 12.19.19.1.16 in the Mayan numbering system, 324 days until the 13th Bak’tun, 13.0.0.0.0. As you can see from writing the dates in Mayan, changing from the 12th to the 13th Bak’tun is much like changing the year from 1999 to 2000. However, the Maya would write the date December 22, 2012 as 0.0.0.0.1, the same as the day 0.0.0.0.1, August 12, 3114 BC, where one takes August 11, 3114 BC as the beginning date of the 12th Bak’tun.

The Mayan calendar system has four interlocking cycles: the Tzolk’in, the Haab, the long count, and the Lunar Series. The days given here are from the long count. The 260-day Tzolk’in, or sacred calendar, is the oldest calendar known in Mesoamerica, dating back to at least 600 BC. The Tzolk’in is still observed today among traditional Maya groups.

To learn more about the meanings of the sacred calendar’s days and calculate your own birthday, go to mayan-calendar.com

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