The Mayan Calendar Mystery: Solved

2020 has been a rough year for all of us, and a new conspiracy theory has surfaced on Twitter claiming we’ve been reading the Mayan Calendar incorrectly all these years, here’s all you need to know about the June 2020 Doomsday.

Mayan Calendar Mystery
Mayan Calendar Mystery

Scientist Paolo Tagaloguin in his recently deleted tweet that’s making all the buzz attempted to establish that we are in 2012 right now which is supposed to be the year of the doomsday as predicted by Mayans . The theory is based on arithmetics involved with the switch to Gregorian calendar from Julian Calendar that removed the excess of 11 days, which would if multiplied with the number of years we’ve been following the Gregorian calendar from 1752-2020 will give us a difference of eight years, through which Paolo suggests that we are eight years ahead of where we’re supposed to be. What a bummer! Just when we were hoping for things to turn around, we get a new prophecy claiming we have less than a week’s time.

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Mayan Calendar Mystery

The switch from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar was initiated as science developed and Roman Catholics realised that they had been erroneously calculating days of religious importance such as Easter, which is observed on the first Sunday with a full moon following the Spring equinox. Pope Gregory the VIII in 1582 established what is known as the Gregorian Calendar, which omitted ten days from the Julian Calendar to make up for the inaccuracy in the old calendar that slipped one day every 129 years. The delay and reluctance in observing the same calendar by Britain till 1752 added another day making them omit 11 days to be at par with the rest of the European states.

Now that we know a little about both the Julian and Gregorian calendars, it’s time to understand how the Mayan Calendars work. Mayans have had an interconnected system of broadly four calendars, Tzolkin, Haab, Katun and Baktun. Each Calendar is used to signify different periods, Tzolkin dictates religious ceremonies, harvest etc, Haab marks a 19 month period that adds up to 365 days. Katun forms a period of 20 Haab and Baktun consists of 20 Katun. The 13th Baktun was set to conclude on 21st December 2012, if Paolo’s theory is correct, the 13th Baktun will conclude on 21st June 2020.

Mayan Calendar Mystery
Mayan Calendar Mystery

Unlike the common belief that the end of the calendar means the end of life all together, Mayans believe that the calendar resets and they celebrate the end of a Baktun as the start of a new era and they see it as an opportunity for change, new beginnings, revival and rebirth.

So whether you want to reject the theory or believe it, there’s nothing bad in store for you as long as you adhere to social distancing and take care of yourself, that’s all in your horoscope for today.

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