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Mayan calendar and why the world didn't end

Updated on March 14, 2015
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The end of the world?

Will Dec. 21 2012 be the end of the world? We have made it, the end of the world didn't come on that day. There have been a lot of discussion on this topic. There were a lot of end of the world predictions and arguments saying that the world was going to end on Dec 21. What is the basis for these predictions?

Do they have any merit? Are the people that believe this just saying it for the shock value? Are they just a bunch of crazy end of the world predictions that have no basis? Do you want to find out where they are getting these ideas, and why Dec 21 2012 was going to be the end of the world.


I have read many interpretations of what Nostradamus said. The people that interpret what he said have very good imaginations. The take things that are very vague and make them specific. They read into what he said and tie it to something that has happened. An example of this. Nostradamus said "From the roof, evil will fall on a great man. They will accuse an innocent. The guilty one is hiding in a misty copse."

What the interpreters say this prophesy says is talking about the assassination of JFK. This is just to show that the way they interpret Nostradamus is not what I call credible. You could say this is predicting evil that has happened to many great men throughout history.

Nostradamus had his end of the world predictions, saying the end will come with a comet and fire from the sky. He also said that the comet will hit in the in the sea near Italy and France. It will allow the muslims to attack from the south of France and move into Europe. And Russia will invade Europe from the north and start a world war. This could possibly happen at some time. There is nothing that ties this to the end of the Mayan calendar in 2012, Nostradamus end of the world predictions give no time frame or dates.


The bible in Revelations talks about end of the world predictions. About fire from heaven, the man on the white horse.

Hindu religion also talks about a man on a white horse with a sword that is very different. They also talk of lawlessness, and a rain of fire as signaling the end of the world.

Zoroastrianism also talks of a comet and fire from heaven will burn the earth and release the evil souls from hell and burn them. Many religions have similar prophecies about the end of the world. None of them that I have seen give a specific date or any time frame that relates to 2012.

Mother Shipton

A British soothsayer from the 1500's supposedly gave end of the world predictions. There have been many dates that were said to be what she predicted. They were all found to be made up by the people who wrote about them. She also did predict a fiery dragon flying around the earth, and floods, earthquakes, volcanoes and death at the end of the world. She never had any dates in her predictions, and the predictions are the same as several of the religious prophesies made before her time.

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The Mayans

The date in question comes from the Mayan calendar and their belief that the earth has cycles of 2152 years of which are part of a bigger cycle of 26,000 years. The 26,000 year cycle ends with the winter solstice of 2012. The Mayans said that beyond the date of Dec. 21 2012 we will enter a new world age. A new creation. They don't define what that is. Even if you believe the Mayan calendar, it does not say the world will be destroyed.  The Hopi Indians predict that we will enter into cycle of peace and enlightenment.

The Mayans said that the time from the end of the 5th world, that ended in 1987, to the beginning of the 6th world, which starts after the winter solstice of 2012 is the time of the apocalypse or revealing time. The meaning of the word apocalypse has changed over time. It meant previously a time of learning or revealing things that were unknown.

The range of ideas from people trying to determine what this all means, goes from one end of the spectrum to the other. From cataclysmic events to world war to peace. From massive destruction of the earth, to transformation to a better place.

End of the world?

From researching this subject it is evident that most religions believe that the world is going to come to an end at some time. Most of them have similar ideas of how it will happen, with fire and destruction. Several non religious people have also predicted that the world would come to an end in a similar way. The Mayans say that we are coming to the end of a small cycle and a big cycle with the winter solstice of 2012. And after that date we will enter a new age, a new creation.

They say nothing about the end of the world at that time. The conclusion that I come to is the world is not going to end on 12/21/12, but that most people believe it will likely happen at some time. The only thing that we know will happen on Dec 21 2012, winter will start again, and the end of the world predictions can start over again for a different time.

The one thing that is a fact is that no one knows when the world will end.


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      Daime 6 years ago

      I am a Diabetic, I will be happy to fill my stomach with chocolates and end my life before the end of the world

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      Ijohnson 6 years ago

      Thanks to the person who wrote this because the 21 is the first day of winter right , duh. So the winter solostice begins on 21 basicly their saying it's not the end of the world it's just gonna be a cold winter like it is now. :)

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      Jacquie The Underground Goddess 6 years ago from NC

      If the world is gonna end then I will eat my weight in chocolate!

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      spease 6 years ago from Minneapolis Mn

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      michelle 6 years ago

      It is scary people says it is going to be Saturday and i am so scard i don't want to do anything!!!I don't want to die yet i'm only 25!!!I was a person would really know when the end of the world is i get so scared thinking about it.

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      jamslam 7 years ago from Utah

      This is a very interesting topic that creates a lot of controversy. Great job.

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      Judy 7 years ago

      Omg all this talk about the end of the world is soooo scary

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      jhoncel 7 years ago

      only the God is the answer and he can only know in the future life.keep your faith.don't believe in your doubts..we don't fear if someday we die because thiers a god.:)

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      secret 8 years ago

      2012 is not gonna happen only god know's just because in the movies people belive on it only god know's

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      loveofnight 8 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      i too am doing research on this topic and it seems as if everyone has their endtime predictions,it will be cool to see just what will really happen......

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      ralwus 8 years ago

      Yes, all about money.

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      spease 8 years ago from Minneapolis Mn

      I think it is being uses as a scare tactic to generate news stories.

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      ralwus 8 years ago

      Well each year my calendar ends. I get a new one and start over. I believe in only one outcome and won't speak of it here.