The End of the Mayan Calendar
In the 1970s, talk began to spread in open-minded circles that the end of 2012 marked the end of the Thirteenth Baktun (a 144,000 day cycle) and rumors spread that this day would bring great change.
In 1987, José Argüelles published “the Mayans factor“ and made 2012 a cultural phenomenon. Since then many books have been published on the subject, promising the end of days, or a new utopia and many other theories.
Contrary to popular belief, Mayans never actually prophesied anything for 2012. Mayans understood time is cyclical, like most ancient people. And so the 13th Baktun ended without incident on December 21, 2012.