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The Mayan Long Count Calendar

The Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar, also known as the Mayan Long Count Calendar or the Mayan Calendar, was an ancient Mayan calendar located in the Mayan city of Central America. It is the calendar that predicts the world will come to an end on the 21st of December in 2012 because the calendar ends on that date. In the film, the calendar correctly predicted the world will end in the year 2012 due to massive solar flares from the Sun.

History (In the film's timeline)[]

The calendar was created by the ancient Mayas in the antiquity and through it they were warned that their home planet has an ending date. This shocking revelation is then deciphered by several modern archaeologists and then is passed globally. Some people, conspiracy theorists chiefs among them, become convince of its accuracy, however the majority dismiss it as a mere myth with no basis in science.

On December 21st 2012, the worldwide apocalypse has begun as multiple earthquakes of unprecedented strength rage across the planet, followed by multiple supervolcano eruptions and megatsunamis. This causes humanity of the world's population to realize that the Mayan calendar is indeed accurate, causing a worldwide chaos and massive civil unrest. Some even resort to a mass suicide around the temple housing the calendar during the day of the apocalypse, believing there is no way to be safe.

The fate of the Mayan calendar remains unknown, although it is safe to say it has been destroyed for good during the apocalypse it warns throughout the millennia, its purpose finally being fulfilled.


  • The Mayan Calendar is also known as the Mesoamerican Long-Count Calendar or other people like to call it the Mayan Long Count Calendar.
  • Contrary to the popular idea spread through the cinema industry and reinforced by the Western eschatological view, the Mayan Long Count Calendar never predicts that the world would end on December 21, 2012. The calendar actually predicts the end of the fourth “world cycle” and consequently the beginning of a new cycle of 13 baktuns, i.e., approximately 5,125 years.
  • Well, in principle, the Maya did not actually predict anything, they only predicted the adventures of their Gods, and so on.
    Mayan God of Maize

    Mayan God of Maize