Google celebrates 13th baktun of the Mayan calendar
As a percentage of people expecting the end of the world for today, December 21, Google decided instead celebrate the “end of the 13th Baktun” of the Mayan calendar. What is the thirteenth baktun?
The Mayan calendar time measured using different units. So kin represented a day uinal 20 days, 360 days tun and katun 7200 days. Also included a measure of time named Baktun, comprising 144,000 days (394 years approx).
The traditional calendar sample drawn 13 Baktuns (5125 years), corresponding to an “era” in the calendar. Rather than continue to count to 14 or 15, the Mayan “rebooting” the calendar once they reach 13, so that today 21 December, we should start counting again from one.
A useful example is to compare it with the odometer in a car, which has five cylinders with the digits 0 through 9. When it reaches 99999, the next number will be 00000 (start again), but that does not mean that the car will be destroyed or to be born again.
Link: Mayan Calendar (Wikipedia)Tags: baktun, Google, Mayan calendar