2012... The End of the World?

The Sun Stone calendar displays the 20 days of the Aztec month surrounded by symbols representing traditional Mesoamerican beliefs. But what does this Aztec calendar have to do with a Maya prophesy?
The Sun Stone calendar displays the 20 days of the Aztec month surrounded by symbols representing traditional Mesoamerican beliefs. But what does this Aztec calendar have to do with a Maya prophesy?
Courtesy El Comandante via Wikimedia Commons
There are many hypotheses about how and when the world will end, but the current favorite doomsday prediction is December 21, 2012. This date is associated with the end of the Mayan people’s "Long Count" calendar. But this ominous prediction is mostly a Western notion. The ancient Maya themselves never said that the world would end on 12/21/12, or even that anything bad would happen.

So what’s behind this theory? What did the ancient Maya actually think would happen? What do Mayan people today think of the 2012 prophecy? And what's this big rock doing in the science museum?

What is it?:
An Aztec calendar stone, carved in 1479.

Where and when was it collected?:
Mexico City’s central square in 1790.

What does this Aztec calendar have to do with a Maya prophesy?

It looks like the world will be around for a long time after 2012, so what’s your advice to future generations?

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