2012 - The Mayan Prophecy| 14mins
Director: Gabriel Murray | Producer: Yvette Hoyle
Focus Years: 2009 | Country: Ireland
2012 will be a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. There are a variety of popular beliefs about the year 2012. These beliefs range from the spiritually transformative to the apocalyptic, and center upon various interpretations of the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar. Contemporary scientists have disputed the apocalyptic versions.. December 21 - the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, notably used by the pre-Columbian Maya civilization among others, completes a "great cycle" of thirteen â€œb'ak'tunsâ€ (periods of 144,000 days each) since the mythical creation date of the calendar's current era. On this day the Long Count date at creation - written 184.108.40.206.0 in modern notation, equivalent to August 11, 3114 BC in the proleptic Gregorian calendar - is repeated for the first time in a span of a little over 5,125 solar years. The completion of this cycle and the repetition of the previous Creation's Long Count ending date have been central to the 2012 phenomenon. Academic researchers have not concluded that the ancient Maya themselves attached similar significance to this point in time.