Revisiting The Mayan Calendar
The Countdown May Not Be Over
The ancient Maya were accomplished observers of the sky. They used their knowledge of astronomy and mathematics to develop one of the most accurate calendar systems in human history. The most commonly known Mayan cyclical calendars are the Haab, the Tzolkin, and the Calendar Round. Aside from these, the Maya also developed the Long Count calendar to chronologically date mythical and historical events. The 13 baktun cycle of the Mayan Long Count calendar measures 1,872,000 days or 5,125.366 tropical years. That cycle supposedly ended on the winter solstice, December 21, 2012.
December 21, 2012 has long since passed, and there was not an apocalypse to speak of. So how did a civilization with such a vast knowledge of time get it so wrong? The only answer that I have been able to come up with is that they didn’t. What if it’s not the year 2022, and we are really living in 1722 instead?
The modern-day calendar has seen a few changes over the millennia. You can date our present calendar back to the original Sumerian calendar which consisted of 12 lunar cycles. Those cycles equaled 354 days, which were rounded up to 360, forming 12 months at 30 days. The Sumerian calculations were heavily based on the numbers 6, 12, and 60 which you can still find in use today. The Sumerian calendar was in use from 3300 BC to 48 BC when it was replaced by the Julian calendar.
The Julian calendar was the first solar calendar, and it is very similar to the Gregorian calendar we use today. The Julian calendar has 365 1/4 days the year is divided into 12 months which either have 30 or 31 days and February contains 28 days except for on leap year. At one point in 46 BC, the calendar contained 445 days because of a misunderstanding in the mathematical equations. The Julian calendar wasn’t in smooth operation until 8 AD and was used until 1582.
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In the late 1500s, the most important calculation was the celebration of Easter. In 325 AD The First Council of Nicea decided that Easter would fall on the first Sunday, following the full moon that follows the spring equinox. This created new problems. The Julain calendar was now off by 10 days. The date of the vernal equinox was changed to March 11th instead of March 21st, and no one knew when to celebrate Easter.
The pope at the time was Pope Gregory XIII. He saw what a crisis this was and ordered the calendar to be changed to reflect the correct date by removing 10 days and the new leap year rules, making the calendar accurate to correspond with astrological events. This also changed the new year from March 25th to January 1st. This is the calendar we use today.
So, if the Pope fixed the calendar then how are living in the year 1722? German historian Heribert Illig believes that the Middle Ages or The Dark Ages never happened. Is it possible that when Pope Gregory changed the calendar he not only took 10 days off, but he also added 300 years? The truth is this conspiracy goes back to 1000 AD, well before Pope Gregory’s reign. Though, Pope Gregory’s calendar may offer some proof of this theory.
Heribert developed his Phantom Time Theory in the late 1980s and early ’90s and finally published his theory in 1991. He claims there was a conspiracy entered into back in 1000 AD to change the dating system by three world rulers. Pope Sylvester II, Holy Roman Emperor Otto III, and Byzantine Emperor Constantine VII essentially had a meeting to change the calendar to make it seem as if Otto had begun his reign in the millennial year of 1000 AD, rather than 996. The reason is that 1000 sounded a lot more meaningful than 996 knowing that AD stands for “anno domini,” or, “the year of the Lord.”
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furthermore, he claims that the trio altered existing documents, and created fraudulent historical events and people to back themselves up. He claims that Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne was not even a real ruler, but simply a King Arthur-type legend. He explains that through all of this tampering and forgery, an extra 297 years were added to history.
Heribert noted that at the time of the introduction of the Gregorian calendar in AD 1582, there should have been a discrepancy of thirteen days between the Julian calendar and the real (or tropical) calendar when the astronomers and mathematicians working for Pope Gregory XIII had found that the civil calendar needed to be adjusted by only ten days. From this, Illig concludes that the AD era had counted roughly three centuries that never existed. Mathematically this is correct and there should have been 13 days removed from the calendar and not 10.
He also noticed that architecture did not change between the 9th and the 13th century. I would have to agree with him on that as well. Because in Germany sets the oldest cathedral in Europe and dates back to the 9th century it has an amazing resemblance to the architecture of the 13th century. This is a very interesting piece of evidence when you think about it you can drive through a neighborhood until which houses were built in what decade. So why is it the architecture didn’t change? Is it because we truly are missing 300 years.
I think the most intriguing evidence and compelling evidence comes from other cultures. Not every other culture used the same calendar so if this theory were to be true then that means you should be able to find the same discrepancies in the calendars of other cultures as well. Interestingly enough in Jewish history, there is a mention of exactly 300 years that just went missing.
What are your thoughts do you think we’re living in 1722? I think this theory holds a little bit of merit and it’s worth taking a deeper dive into. But there’s one thing I can say for certain and that’s it the Mayans definitely didn’t get their calendar wrong In their calendar is still moving forward.