Overview of The Maya Calendar
The ancient Maya civilization created a way to keep track of time by
Hi, my name is Neville Miller and today we're talking about the Maya Calendar.The ancient Maya civilization created a way to keep track of time by making calendars and almanacs known as the Maya calendar. Their dating system can be traced all the way back to the 5th century BCE.The Maya people had different purposes for certain calendars. One of their calenders was known as the Tzolkin cycle. The Tzolkin calendar translates to "Count of Days". This calendar was numbered 1 to 13 and organized 20 named days.The calendar consisted of 60 days, which corresponded with human gestation and the Maya agricultural cycle. The Tzolkin recorded movements of the planets, sun and moon as well.The Haab, or the Maya Long Count calendar, had 365 days. This calendar was divided into 18 20-day long months. Then there was one additional month of 5 nameless days, known as Uayeb.The Maya calendar consisted of a overlapping of both the Tzolkin and the Haab known as a "Calendar Round".The Maya people used a cyclical calendar unlike a linear calendar used today. They strongly believed some days were lucky and others were unlucky. The Uayeb days were thought of as unlucky.The Maya calendar predicts time will end on December 21st, 2012. The Mayas counted Baktuns, or periods of 400, in groups of 13 cycles. According to the Maya calendar system December 20th, 2012 would be the end of the calendar. So if one day is added, the calendar would start at zero.This was a quick glance at the Maya calendar. For more information, be sure to check About.com.