With the Mayan end of the world approaching, who's worried? Not Mayans

End of times Friday?: One version of the Mayan calendar ends on Friday, leading some to think that's a prediction of the end of the world.
End of times Friday?: One version of the Mayan calendar ends on Friday, leading some to think that's a prediction of the end of the world.Courtesy Laslovarga
You can't escape the hype. Late-night comics are joking about it. Retailers are having special promotions for it. New agers are nervous. It's the most common reason this week for procrastination.

This Friday -- Dec. 21, 2012, -- is the final day of the Mayan calendar. Some say the ancient Mayans believed the day would mark the of the world. Calamities will ensue, the Earth will break apart and life as we know it will cease.

So who are some of the least worried people about this possible Mayan Apocalypse? Modern-day Mayans. This article talks to Mayan descendants in Mexico who point out that there were many forms of Mayan calendars. Everyday working stiff Mayans, who were mostly farmers, lived their daily lives under a calendar system much like ours today that was based on seasons and astronomy. Those calendars would run out, but had a system of regeneration.

The apocalyptic calendar that some are fretting about this week was only used by elites and priests. And like our leaders of today, do you think they really knew that much more than the average Mayan working out in the field?

Are you worried about the Mayan Apocalypse? Are you planning to do anything special to mark the day on Friday? Share your thoughts here with other Science Buzz readers. But play it safe and don't wait to do it until after Saturday.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Jon Danzig's picture
Jon Danzig says:

The predicted world’s end on 21 December is nonsense – but the ‘Millennium Bug’ was not. There’s a difference, and it’s important to the human race that we understand what it is. See my latest blog: ‘Mayan Catastrophe versus Millennium Bug’:

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posted on Sat, 12/15/2012 - 6:43pm
andrewsimon537's picture
andrewsimon537 says:

A lots of estimation and predictions are made on the date 21 December 2012 which was decide as the world end day. These concepts are make people more worried and panic but we all are witnessed the day 21st December 2012 which creates history due to the prediction and estimation made by Mayans about the end of the world.

posted on Mon, 12/24/2012 - 6:47am
APD2016's picture
APD2016 says:

The predictionof the world ending on the 21 of december 2012 is just the end of the aztec calender. The end of the world was based on archeological find of the aztec calender.

posted on Thu, 12/27/2012 - 4:15pm
APD2016's picture
APD2016 says:

dec 21 will not come ture they did not have leap year by Jake H

posted on Thu, 12/27/2012 - 4:17pm
VALLLOOPEZ's picture

those predictions and estmates were incorrect no one really knows when the world will end, correct it WILL end, that is true . only the LORD knows

posted on Thu, 12/27/2012 - 8:07pm
Robbie 's picture
Robbie says:

I am in school and I am in 3rd grade my teacher's name is Mrs. West.

I am not worried about the myan prediction since we are still here.

posted on Sat, 12/29/2012 - 5:57pm
noah's picture
noah says:

wow the mayans where wrong

posted on Sun, 12/30/2012 - 2:54pm

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