A full 360 days until Dec 21 2012 – the 5125 year cycle comes around again.
Or, around the world of civilization in 1, 872, 000 days.
The end date for the Maya long count calendar is estimated by some as December 21st 2012 (on the Gregorian Calendar). The periods of the long count are measured by the important numbers 9, 13 and 20. A period of 20 days is called a winal. 18 winal makes a tun, which is 360 days (not quite a year, but the long count calendar isn’t measuring the year, so it falls back of annual calendars by 5 days and the fraction that adds up to the leap year). Nevertheless, 20 tun makes a katun, and finally 20 katun makes a baktun. 13 baktun adds up to 1,872,000 days (or about 5125 years), which is the greater cycle of history. This is the cycle that comes to an end come Dec 21st 2012.
And a new one begins. Not too complicated. Just like the year 2000 (the last year of the millennium) was followed by 2001 (the first year of the millennium). The world didn’t end then (unless you consider september 11th 2001 to be a world-ending paradigm, as some did). We live on, but our perception of the world has changed.
So too on Dec 21st 2012. This is our opportunity to reconstruct our world in an appropriate image, and the calendar is a fundamental part of that. We can choose to continue to use a pre-Roman Empire relic, appropriated by the Roman Catholic church and imposed through conquest and occupation on the peoples of the world. Or we can chuck it out and find something that speaks to us more broadly, and more effectively.
As of theAbysmal Calendar’s launch on dec 21st 2012, we begin to redefine ourselves as a global community.
Here’s some calendar trivia for you. 260 katun = the great cycle of history (that’s the cycle ending dec 21 2012).
the lesser cycle of history is 260 tun, which works out to about 256 years. These were time periods observed by the Maya.
However, using the same numerology (13×20 = 260, which to the Maya is a big deal, numerologically speaking) but applying it to our history, there is a pattern that emerges.
1492 Columbus lands on Hispaniola, and brings knowledge of the Americas to Europe, and vice versa (for better and worse)
1752 the British Empire adopts the Gregorian Calendar, making it the most widespread common calendar in the world.
2012 end of the maya long count.
So what? Well, 1492 is 260 years before 1752. And 1752 is 260 years before 2012. Granted this is just juggling around numbers, however, in terms of the history of calendars (fundamental tools of any culture), and the battle for supremacy, these dates are crucial. These are the dates that the Gregorian calendar ruled over the Americas – first Latin, then Anglo.
2012, let’s turn it around, and decolonize ourselves from this broken tool of empire. It serves us about as well as the biannual imposed jetlag of daylight savings time.
2012 let’s party like it’s 1999, since we didn’t then. And dance, dance, dance.