End of the Mayan world would have passed, according to researchers

Do you believe in the end of the Mayan world? Images that are rolling on social networks and on the web say that, as the Mayans did not have leap years, we will already be on July 23, 2013, according to the calendar of that civilization. In other words, this new theory points out that the day of the end of the world is past.

According to the images, the Mayans did not consider the extra day every 4 years because they did not know the differences between the planets’ orbits, and therefore there would be no need for a year with 366 days.

However, researchers from National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) say that, contrary to what tries to contest the theory, the Mayans had different years, like those of north, south, east and west. For them, it was not a leap year, because the term was unknown and, in practice, civilization adjusted the times on a new day, every four years.

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(Image that circulates on the internet. In free translation: There have been 514 leap years since Cesar created them, in 45 BC Without the extra day every 4 years, today would be July 28, 2013. The Mayan calendar did not count leap years So, technically, the world should have ended 7 months ago.)

According to UNAM, December 21, 2012, marks the beginning of a new era. But, what about the “end of the world”? Well, according to the National Institute of Anthropology and History (Inah), in fact, “the Mayans never said that there would be a great tragedy or the end of the world in 2012. This apocalyptic view is something of ours, of Westerners”.

Laura Castellanos, journalist and author of the book “Las Profecias del Fin del Mundo”, explains BBC that this talk of the end of the world is a “millennial wave that anticipates catastrophes or other events every ten centuries”. She says that this is all reinforced by an “ideological, religious and social crisis”.

And, it seems, this end of the world can make money. There are already companies that offer bunkers in Mexico, so that people can protect themselves from catastrophes. The Mexican government even launched campaigns to stimulate tourism in the southeastern part of the country, a region rich in archaeological sites in the Mayas.

And, do you think this story of the end of the world in 2012 is true? Or do you just find it all sensational? Leave your opinion in the comments … while we still have time! =)

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