December 21, 2012, marked the end of the Mayan calendar, but fortunately, not the end of the world. News outlets around the world have reported on all of the hoopla surrounding end of the world gatherings (check out our favorite news quotes below), and we are happy to report that nothing major seems to have happened. After all, the Mayan people themselves don’t purport the world to end on this day; it is simply the end of a cycle or era.
What is the Maya calendar?
The Maya calendar is based on a system of three interlacing calendars and almanacs. It is thought to have been used by cultures in Central America, including the famous civilization of the Maya. Dating back to the 5th century BC, the Mayan calendar’s last cycle ends in December 2012, and many scholars have predicted that the world will end exactly on December 21, 2012 at 11:11 UTC. However, as we can all see today, the world as we know it does indeed still seem to be living on.
Maya Calendar Art
Regardless of how you view the idea of the Mayan calendar’s end marking the end of the world, one thing can’t be denied: these handcrafted slate Mayan calendars and artistic renderings created by Mayan people in Belize are intricate works of art. Created at the foothills of Belizean Mayan ruins such as Xunantunich, these 19-month Mayan calendars are authentically hand carved in slate by Mayan people. They are sold in booths nearby tourist attractions, as well as at the Saturday Farmer’s Markets. Check out a photo gallery of a Mayan artist creating a slate Mayan calendar below, and be sure to pick one up on your next trip to Belize!
News Quotes on the Mayan End of the World
“It seems the world is not ending, just the work week.” – CBS News
“The Mayan calendar says the calendar simply just ends this year, the same as your 2012 calendar is ending.” – Huffington Post
“‘This world is being reborn as a better world,’ said Hernandez, a 55-year old accountant who wore an expression of bliss.” – Newsday