Newly discovered Mayan text says 2012 is the end of the calendar not the world

It would be hard to miss the fact that a lot of doomsday believers thought 2012 was going to be the end of the world because of ancient Mayan texts. A newly discovered Mayan text puts a bit of clarity and might ease the concerns of people who believe in that sort of thing. The new text shows that 2012 was the "end date" for the Maya calendar.

That is different from the end of the world according to the researchers. The new text indicates that 2012 would have been celebrated by the ancient Mayan people, but has no doomsday prophecies regarding the date. The Mayan calendar is divided into something called bak'tuns each having 144,000 days beginning from the Maya creation date. The winter solstice of 2012 would be the last day of the 13th bak'tun.

Scientists and researchers say this would've been seen as a full cycle of creation. The new text was discovered among the Maya ruins of La Corona in Guatemala. Archaeologists discovered one block on a stairway featuring carved hieroglyphs to celebrate the visit of an ancient and powerful Mayan ruler. The archaeologists believe that this ancient king, known as Jaguar Paw, used a larger cycle of time to promote continuity of his people that happened to end in 2012.

[via MSNBC]