Courtesy Jacobolus via Wikimedia CommonsVarious people have predicted December 21, 2012 as “the end of the world” through misinterpreting Maya religion and archaeology. But while these predictions might sell books and make for exciting movies, they aren’t in line with actual Mayan traditions or archaeological research. The fact is, the Maya people did not and do not believe the world will end on 12/21/12. December 21, 2012 (or perhaps some other date) was just the end of a particular calendar cycle. It was a big deal, but it wasn’t the end of the world. After all, when one cycle ends, another begins—when the calendar on your desk runs out, it’s not the end of the world, it’s just time to start a new calendar.