Posted by: Johan Normark | January 15, 2012

2012: SNL attempts to make “fun” of the “Mayan calendar”

Saturday Night Live attempts to make fun of the 2012 circus but the most amusing part of the video was clearly unintended. In this video you will find jokes that have been around for a while, such as the “Mayans ran out of space and stopped” or “the circle was not big enough”. What is the most amusing part? It is not the fact that they present the Aztec calendar stone as the “Mayan” calendar. The fun part is that they say that the Aztec calendar is really cool. Apart from the fact that they have a small-scale replica of an artifact associated with the Aztec calendar at hand, the Aztec calendar stone in itself is not a real calendar. The Aztec did not use it to measure time as it is presented in the video (as if it was a clock). If you do understand all of this, one can only laugh at the complete ignorance of the writers of the “jokes.”


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  1. Snl Jumped The Shark About A Katune Ago.I Try To Think It Could Be Funny Again.But It Is Always A Let-down.Snl Is Just A Perch For 7/Macaws.

  2. Does the History of the Mayan Civilization support their ability to forecast the future? Check this out:

    The Maya Civilization reached its zenith around 1000 AD. Historians have debated what led to their slow decline over the next 500 years but there is no debate that it was the invasion by the Spanish that was the beginning of the true end. From 1521 � 1523 the Maya were decimated by disease brought to their country by the Spanish.
    Estimates run as high as 1/3 their population being wiped out (For me that is hard to believe since they were dispersed booth geographically and governmentally across a vast area). Nonetheless this weakened them considerably and led to their first major defeat at Battle of El Pinal and the subsequent capture of the major city of Utatl�n by conquistadores under the command of Pedro de Alvarado in 1524.

    The Spaniards continued invading and spreading throughout Central America until they took over the final Mayan City of Tah Itz� in 1697.

    Now here is where it gets really, really interesting.

    The Mayan believed that time was cyclical with historical events and political events repeating in cycles, cycles measured by their complex calendar system which featured 20 years (7200 days) as one Katun and 13 Katuns as 256 years. And it is that cycle � 13 Katuns, 256 years that repeats and makes the future [predictable.

    And so it was that when the Spaniards came to conquer Tah Itza that it fell without much of a fight. Because most of the Mayans had fled. They knew this final attack was coming. This invasion came 136 days from the start of Katun 8 (the 8th Katun in the 256 year cycle) and this reflects the Mayan prophecy that this was going to be a cosmologically mandated period of change and upheaval for the Maya.

    So the Mayans own Calendar system predicted a cosmologically mandated period of upheaval for them, and that is exactly what happened. Their final major city fell to the Spaniards. They were vanquished as a civilization.

    So if the Mayans cyclical calendar predicted the time of upheaval around the Spaniards assault on Tah Itza, then who is to say that the Maya Calendar end on December 21 2012 is not predicting the end of the world, the 2012 apocalypse?

  3. You have understood the whole thing the wrong way. Yes, the Itza predicted that something would happen at the end of the 13 katun cycle, not exactly what would happen. The Spaniards made use of these “prophecies” and decided to strike around that time: https://haecceities.wordpress.com/2010/10/13/the-last-maya-kingdoms/

    In any case, the 13 katun cycle is quite different than the Long Count. The first one is cyclical and Postclassic. The second is cumulative and Preclassic/Classic…


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