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Experts: It's not the end of the world

2012-09-29 17:10

Mexico City - As the clock winds down to December 21, experts on the Mayan calendar have been racing against time to convince the public the Mayas didn't predict an apocalypse this year.

Some experts are now saying the Mayas may indeed have made prophecies, just not about the end of the world.

Archaeologists, anthropologists and other experts are meeting in the southern Mexico city of Merida to discuss the implications of the Mayan Long Count calendar, which is made up of 394-year periods called baktuns.

Experts estimate the system starts counting at 3 114 BC, and will have run through 13 baktuns around December 21.

Mexican government archaeologist Alfredo Barrera said on Friday the Mayas did prophesise, but perhaps about more humdrum events like droughts or disease outbreaks.

Comments
  • mbuti.manopole.3 - 2012-09-29 17:19

    That's bull ! The mayans are dOomed coz the book of life cleary stated that the day of lord is not known by man and it shall come like a thief in the night

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-29 17:36

      Its only the end if Zipper hands over power to Juju...

      Yolande Waggiet - 2012-09-29 19:24

      i agree

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-30 14:41

      SARS has moved the tax date to 1st Dec 2012 just in case...

      SaintBruce - 2012-09-30 21:47

      The Mayan Calendars repeat on complex cycles and start from the beginning again. One other point - although they were able to handle the complex maths and even work out that the year is 365 days long, they did not add in the extra 6 hours per year for several thousand years so this cycle is out of step with reality by omitting all the leap year days. Don't worry, be happy that the world won't physically end in 2012. However - there is a financial BIG BANG coming that will be the end for some and I don't know if South Africa's little economic boat can weather the storm. Heck - our submarines are still sitting on dry land years after being delivered ! Of course, when the markets go down, those with cash can pick up bargains. We will be waiting. The coming shake up with see who prays and who doesn't.

  • Sharmay - 2012-09-29 17:34

    Great! Now we can look forward to the crazy Christmas shopping to begin..

  • jomar.delange - 2012-09-29 17:35

    oh grow up. racing against time ?

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-29 18:09

      Y2K all over again - there's money to be made..

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-09-29 18:08

    Angels in heaven and even Jesus christ doesn't know when the world will end, Only Lord our omnipotent God knows. Ican just smell the tremendous panic in Arse-theism community,haahaahaa!

      kent.hawkings - 2012-09-29 18:14

      Wow dude, you don't even know that God and Jesus are the same being. Well done man, way to represent Christianity.

      Harold Chisimba - 2012-09-29 18:32

      kent-Iknow about it hahaha .Dude wo wo! U mean about Trinity? Or you are from that gang-theism shivering with phobia hahaha!

      Harold Chisimba - 2012-09-29 18:35

      Mamaboy-Bible study now? Ask someone about trinity.

      Harold Chisimba - 2012-09-29 19:54

      Mamaboy-When the Arse-theism controls the brain ......yawn yawn!

      dmostert2 - 2012-09-30 14:31

      Ok, Bible study then: Quote one verse of Scripture that uses the word Trinity... Ooooooooh, it's not in there is it....? Oooooooooh....

      marius.roets.5 - 2012-10-01 09:47

      @Harold - I would be careful if i were you, white mans GOD promotes slavery and I hear heaven has a very big garden and needs lots of workers. See below your religion promoting slavery, just one question if Muslims came to your country instead of Christians and made all the indigenous people slaves and forced their religion on them would you be a Muslim now? Exodus 21:20-21 "If a man beats his male or female slave with a rod and the slave dies as a direct result, he must be punished, but he is not to be punished if the slave gets up after a day or two, since the slave is his property." People are like sheep they just follow blindly.

  • tiaan.truter - 2012-09-29 19:06

    The end of the world was predicted more than 3 times already,seriously people chill them balls please.Lets have a nice Xmas,and if you are really really worried go out and get drunk so that you dont remember.

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-09-29 19:10

    rabbit stuff.

  • jason.dutoit - 2012-09-29 19:13

    prophesise? really? who writes this stuff?

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-09-30 11:19

      This is grammar Naziism! It's also in part to be blamed on Americans who leave out letters from some words and add on unnecessary ones to others. People it is a prophecy or it has been prophesied that... da dum da dum etc.

  • oistar.tutu.9 - 2012-09-29 19:27

    Great, so they create a media frenzy to get everyone hyped up, and now they are backtracking to save face - never believed it all along

  • BatongaBoro - 2012-09-29 19:39

    the problem with the Mayan calendar "expiring" on Dec 21 2012 was that the interpretation to get to that date did not include the concept of Leap Years. what was the last day of the Mayan calendar happened at some point in July last year. we, and indeed the Earth, all seem to be here.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-29 19:46

      Hey Dude, bad news.The world did end in July last year. You are seeing dead people. Send me all your money and you will be 'released'... lol.

      fussed.anderson - 2012-09-30 05:14

      Well at least it started first in 1994

  • magzmaggyvervandal - 2012-09-30 05:53

    maybe it will be the end of the Aids deseas.as it will be the end of jacob zuma as a president december 2012 is a month of chandge

  • vokweet - 2012-09-30 08:42

    After chipping away to create 5122 years (13 baktuns at 394 years) worth of calendar the stone mason tasked with the job said... "Screw this for a laugh I'm going home for a beer." He then got smashed with mates and that was how the great Mayan joke came in to being. For countless years people would walk past the inscriptions and point at the last entry and giggle at the how much confusion and fear it was going to create in the minds of the gullible and stupid.

  • azaa.azoot - 2012-09-30 12:48

    The world has already ended two months ago .We were just to busy to notice it

  • motleleng - 2012-09-30 13:03

    WTF, three of my policies matures next year...

  • hans.dewaal.5 - 2012-09-30 14:53

    Yes and my outbonus will be lost...screw it im claiming big time.

  • enlightened.bowman - 2012-09-30 15:31

    Charles dumbwin. Any observations about these heathens?

  • yvonne.c.martin.71 - 2012-09-30 16:36

    Not the end of the world as we think but as we know it! Everything changes, even the world!

  • misstee.langhein - 2012-12-20 15:27

    Im going out right now and buying myself a Mustang and making millions of dept and enjoying the last day to the fullest, after all the world's ending tomorrow... *for those who didnt quite understand my message, that was sarcasm* LOL

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