The Mayan people of Guatemala don’t agree with the December 21st, 2012 prophecy, and there are more Mayan ruins there than in any other place in South America.

In the December 30th edition of the Guardian, Kevin Rushby writes, "The Mayans are a people much interested in time and number. They count in 20s, a human-size unit–all the fingers and toes–which they multiply by the number of major joints in the body–13–to make 260. Long ago they noted that the planet Venus moved from being an evening to a morning star in 260 days, the same time it takes to grow a crop of (corn) and to complete a human pregnancy. "

From this basis, and the solar year, they linked humanity with the heavens and built a calendar of minute precision, and also of epic size. It runs in short cycles of about 20 years, and longer ones of more than 5,000 years. One of these long cycles is due to end on December 21st, 2012, a fact that has led some people to claim that the Mayans have predicted the End of the World."

When Rushby asks a local Guatemalan shaman about the end-of-the-world prophecy, he says, ""It is the end of a 5,126-year cycle, that’s true, but there is no mention of the end of the world. People seem to have got that from the Dresden Codex (a pre-Columbian volume of Mayan writings now in the State Library of Dresden). But in that record there is no mention of 2012."

According to Rushby, " Some millenarian-minded person had put these two separate records together and made a doomsday scenario."

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