Saturday Scenes

Thu 18 August 2011

The Beginning of the World

Filed under: #satscene —— Sylvia @ 18:55

The 13 August in the year 3114 BC is the start of the Mayan Long Count calendar. (Probably.)

Floyd Glenn Lounsbury, a Mayanist scholar, developed the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar correlation, which allows the Long Count dates to correlate to the Western calendar date, although it is not exact. The Long Count calendar probably starts on the 13th or possibly the 11th of August.

The Mayans had two different calendars, one for 260-day periods of time and one for longer periods of time, the Long Count. The Mayans used the Long Count for recording history so they could specify dates over periods longer than 52 years.

1 K’in is a day
20 days is 20 K’in is a Winal
360 days is 18 Winal is 1 Tun
7,200 days is 20 Tun is 1 K’atun
144,000 days is 20 K’atun which is 1 B’ak’tun

A B’ak’tun is approximately 394 solar years.

The belief that the world will end on the 21st of December in 2012 is based on a misinterpretation of this Long Count calendar. That date is simply the end of the 13th B’ak’tun at which point the next B’ak’tun will start. There are clear references in Mayan inscriptions to dates beyond the end of the 13th B’ak’tun and nothing at all to imply that the ending of this specific B’ak’tun is important. The Mayans did record prophecies but those predictions include include plans for celebrations in 4772 AD.

FAMSI – FAQ’s about 2012: The end of the World? – FAQ’s

Even if we were to find evidence of actual Maya prophecies about 2012, that doesn’t make them true. Apparently all of Christendom expected Jesus to return in the year 1000, for example. And maybe the most important question to ask was voiced to me by Bill Saturno, discoverer of the San Bartolo murals. If the Maya were such skilled prophets, how could they have missed the Conquest? “Didn’t see that one coming, did they?” The single most devastating disaster to befall the peoples of the Americas of all time, and not a word about it in the entire corpus of Mayan prophetic literature.

And on the 13th of August in 2011, these mini-celebrations of life and Saturdays were posted to Twitter for sharing!

And these are the inspired photographers who took part:

Note: The option on the Twitter website/client to embed photographs directly into your tweet (with a pic.twitter.com address) breaks SatScenes. The default setting for Twitter users is to only show images from people you are following. That means that when I retweet the photographs, my followers get a message saying they can’t view the image. Because the image is only available as an embed, there’s no way for people to see it. Only *your* followers can see the photograph, which sort of defeats the purpose of sharing your Saturday Scenes. :(

So my recommendation for SatScene photographs is to use a photo hosting site such as Twitpic, Instagram, Flickr or Fotonomy. Then everyone on Twitter can click on the link and *see* the photograph, whether they follow you or not.

Have you got a camera or a smart-phone?

You should take a photograph on Saturday. It’s easy to join us!

Simply send a tweet to @SatScenes with the url and the location and all the rest happens automatically!

I’m looking forward to seeing your Saturday Scene in the next edition!

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