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2:45 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Local Mayan Scholar Says 21 Is Nothing But A Number

Mayan Calendar

LEXINGTON, Ky. - It’s all people are talking about.  Will the world end tomorrow or won’t it?  University of Kentucky Linguist and Scholar of Mayan culture and history, Rusty Barrett, says the Mayans say it won’t.

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“The most important thing for people to know is that the calendar does not end. There is no really end date to the Mayan calendar.  What happens on the 21st of December 2012 is the 13th baktun.  A baktun is a cycle of 400 years and there are actually two Mayan calendars one is a 260 day calendar that follows the moon,  and the other is a 365 day calendar that follows the sun and on Friday the 21st of December those two calendars align again and it’s the beginning of another cycle, the 13th cycle,” Barrett says.

Not only is the end of this 13th cycle not the end of the world but Barrett says if anything the Mayans think it may even bring with it a little luck.

“In the 260 day calendar you have 13 repetitions of 20 different days so 13 is seen as kind of the luckiest, best number to the Maya in contrast to what we see as 13th as being bad luck.  So the 13th baktun is seen as a very positive thing its seen as a new era of good things coming for the Maya.  For the Maya it’s a period of hope and good will and reflection on their culture but it has nothing to do with the end of anything or anything apocalyptic at all.”

Barrett says the Mayans have made several references to events hundreds of years from now so we can all rest safely.