The global coronavirus pandemic, social disturbance, geopolitical tensions, aviation disasters in Iran and Pakistan, and natural tragedies in Australia and the Philippines have combined to make 2020 many people’s worst year of their lives. And just when it looked like things couldn’t get any worse, one prediction of the Mayan calendar puts the end of the world on June 21, 2020 – this Sunday.
The Mayan calendar is an alternative system of counting time to the Gregorian calendar, which is used by most people in the world, and other systems such as the Islamic or Julian calendars. The calendar was devised by the Maya civilization, a term which refers to the peoples who inhabited the Central American area of modern-day Guatemala and Belize, southeast Mexico, and western Honduras and El Savador before the arrival of European colonialists.
The Maya long-count calendar is the one that has attracted attention from Doomsday theorists – people who believe in a catastrophic end to all life on Earth. According to their reading of the calendar and interpretation of the Maya belief in “world ages,” the calendar said that the world was set to end in December 2012, the date which manifest the end of a 5,126-year-long cycle.
While their prediction was wrong, last week a scientist accused of being a conspiracy theorist reexamined the calendar – and suggested that the correct date for the end of the world was this week.
New reading: End of the world in June 2020, not December 2012
Paolo Tagalogun described online as both a scientist and conspiracy theorist, predicted a series of tweets last week. His revision is based on comparing the Maya calendar against the Julian calendar, which was the prominent calendar used in the Roman world, most of Europe, and European colonies until it was eventually replaced by today’s Gregorian calendar from 1582 onwards.
The number of lost days in a year is 11 days due to the change of the Gregorian calendar ... For 268 years the Gregorian calendar (1752-2020) has been used for 11 days = 2,948 days. 2,948 days / 365 days (year) = 8 years, ”Taguin said in a newly-deleted tweet, as reported by the media. This eight-year difference shifts the end of the world from 2012 to 2020, and from December 12 to June 21. However, many experts are wary of using the Maya calendar to calculate the end of the world, regardless of the date. Rather than the end of the world, the end of the long-count calendar represents only the end of an era, according to Emiliano Gallaga Murrieta, the Chiapas state division director of Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History, who was interviewed by National Geographic.
“It is like for the Chinese, this is the Year of the [Rabbit], and the next year is going to the Year of the Dragon, and the next is going to be a different animal in the calendar,” Gallaga said.
Incidentally, the doomsday prediction clashes with the date of the Ring of Fire solar eclipse. According to many conspiracy theorists, last time the infamous Mayan calendar was read incorrectly and was thus assumed to be December 21, 2012. However, this time the new prediction is supported up the Gregorian calendar which the world follows also takes the extra minutes every year into concern that are added up as extra days in the leap years.
According to TimeandDate.com, the world will witness solar eclipse June 21 where the sun will appear like a 'ring of fire' in the sky. While Earth is presently struggling a global pandemic, numerous earthquakes, cyclones, borderline war conflicts, etc people on social media are still very much concerned about the possible end of the world. The final date, as per the theorists, is on Sunday -- June 21, 2020.
Scientist Paolo Tagaloguin, in a now-cut tweet, said, "Following the Julian Calendar, we are technically in 2012. The number of missing days in a year is 11 days due to the change in the Gregorian Calendar. 268 years for the Gregorian Calendar (1752-2020) sometimes using 11 days = 2,948 days. 2,948 days / 365 days (years) = 8 years.
Following this theory, June 21, 2020, would be December 21, 2012. It may be recalled that in 2012, December 21 was proposed by some as the end of the world by conspiraciesThe NSA previously stated: “In terms of the 2012 disaster or dramatic changes, where is the science? Where is the evidence? There are none, and for all the fictional assertions, whether they are made in books, movies, documentaries or over the Internet, we cannot change that simple fact. There is no reliable evidence for any of the statements made in support of unusual events taking place in December 2012.”