theAbysmal Calendar rolled out on December 21st, 2012 CE on the Gregorian Calendar, or 220.127.116.11.0 of the Maya Long Count Calendar. theAbysmal Calendar doesn’t officially organize years into measures (like decades, centuries), however, I’ve personally been viewing history differently. It’s inspired by Mesoamerican History and Long Counts.
To the Maya 13 and 20 are sacred. Their sacred calendar runs 260 days. The Long Count has a measure of 360 days (tun) which it organizes by measures of 20. This isn’t correlated to the year at all, so it loses 5 days (and the leap year day) against our calendar year. The Maya observed a period of 260 tun, which is about 256 years. In measures of 260 years, I’ve found a few interesting historical periods.
2012 End of Fifth Sun of Maya 18.104.22.168.0
1752 British Empire adopts Gregorian Calendar (scientific astronomy) Start of Industrial Revolution
1492 Colon (Spain) discovers Turtle Island, Age of Colonization
712 Umayyad conquest of Al-Andalus (knowledge to Spain)
476 Fall of Western Roman Empire
44 BC Julian Calendar
Granted any dates are questionable (see the Lost Millennium), and any events in time and place are arbitrary. Nevertheless, we get to choose which events in our collective history we choose to include in our Great Narrative, and which belong to someone else.
The 260 Years from 1752 to 2012 seems to represent a more coherent arc of historical events than centuries or millennia. In part, this was sparked by watching James Burke’s the Day the Universe Changed. It represents the supercharged lives we developed involving moving to urban environments, city culture, factories, energy, scientific development and definition, to the point where more of us live in cities than not, more of us die from diseases of abundance (diabetes) than diseases of lack (starvation).
The 260 Years prior, from the European discovery of Turtle Island, to its exploration, mapping, colonization and settlement. I don’t know much about history, so I’ve been glancing at it to get a feel for what this chunk represents. The first slaves from Africa arrived in Hispaniola 10 years after Columbus. The exploration by some and exploitation by others and the extermination by yet others is the main story during this.
The reason I’m revisting these two periods is that, if there is indeed anything to this other than an arbitrary narrative (which pretty much sums up all history, although collectively argued or agreed upon). 2017 would be the equivalent of 1497 and 1757. What events happened then that might resonate with what’s happening to us now. I’m trying to break each section into 20-year chunks. Maybe the comparison of 1492-1512, 1752-1772, 2012-2032 might reveal more.
Reaching back, 712-1492 was the Arab influence on Spain, which covers a period of 3 x 260 years.
Out of synch with the above consecutive 260-year periods, from 44 BC – 476 CE works out to 2 x 260 years. 44 BC is the introduction of the Julian Calendar, and 476 is the accepted date of the fall of the Western Roman Empire.
I’m not sure what to make of this, but it’s certainly fun to play with.
Here’s Arguelles’ map using the Maya Long Count Dates.
I might try my hand at something similar. The most astounding thing, is that during the central period (baktun) of 394 years or thereabouts, the Buddha, Confucius, Lao Tsu, Pythagoras, Darius and who knows who all else walked the earth.