Saturday, January 5, 2013

The Mayan calendar.

I suppose I am a few years late, but someone send me a picture of 'The Mayan Calendar' which predicted the end of the world last month and asked me....wait for it...

Why the world didn't end.

After looking at the picture, two things immediately come to mind.
(1) It isn't Mayan, and
(2) It isn't a calendar.

It's an Aztec Sun Stone.  The Mayans DID have round calendars.  Typically they counted 52 years, at the end of which, they started a new one.  There is evidence of a Mayan long-count Calendar. It is not the Aztec stone.  The Mayan long-count calendar was presumably an exercise to count back to the beginning of time - not forward to the end. They figured the beginning as August 11, 3114 BC and since the math forward and backward was nearly identical, they wrote down both sides until they got to 'the beginning' and stopped - as far as we know.  There may be a missing 'page two' somewhere. 

The Christians calculate the beginning at ~10,000 BC to ~6,000BC depending upon which fool you ask.  If writing is taken as a prerequisite for civilization, the oldest civilization or the "cradle" of civilization is Early Dynastic Egypt followed by Sumer. The earliest signs of a transition from nomadic to permanent, year-round settlement process can be traced back to the Mediterranean region to as early as 12000 BC, when the Natufian culture became sedentary and evolved into an agricultural society by 10000 BC. The importance of water to safeguard an abundant and stable food supply, due to favourable conditions for hunting, fishing and gathering resources including cereals, provided an initial wide spectrum economy that triggered the creation of permanent villages.

The ancient city states of Mesopotamia in the fertile crescent are most cited by Western and Middle Eastern scholars as the cradle of civilization. The convergence of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers produced rich fertile soil and a supply of water for irrigation. The civilizations that emerged around these rivers are among the earliest known non-nomadic agrarian societies.  Ubaid, Sumer, Akkad, Assyria and Babylon civilizations all emerged around the Tigris-Euphrates.

The rise of dynastic Egypt in the Nile Valley occurred with the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt in approximately 3200 BC, and ended at around 343 BC, at the start of the Achaemenid dynasty's control of Egypt. It is one of the three oldest civilizations in the world. Anthropological and archaeological evidence both indicate that the Kubbaniya culture was a grain-grinding culture farming along the Nile before the 10th millennium BC using sickle blades. But another culture of hunters, fishers and gathering peoples using stone tools replaced them. Evidence also indicates human habitation in the southwestern corner of Egypt, near the Sudan border, before 8000 BC.

The earliest-known farming cultures in the Indian Subcontinent emerged in Ancient India in the hills of Balochistan, on the border between modern-day Pakistan and Iran, which was once part of Ancient India. These semi-nomadic peoples domesticated wheat, barley, sheep, goat and cattle. Pottery was in use by the 6th millennium BC. The oldest granary yet found in this region was the Mehrgarh in the Indus Valley.  They lived like animals until Muhammad codified their religion and now they live like codified animals.

So we can immediately grasp that if August 11, 3114 BC is wrong, December 21, 2012 can't be right either.  Most of us can.  

We can follow that EXACT logic to suss out that if the Kubbaniya were grinding grain and using sickle blades BEFORE 10,000BC, the earth couldn't have been created AFTER 10,000 BC.  

If we use cave art like this...which is pretty distinctively human, we can get back over 40,000 years.

If we use bifacial tools - that is rocks which have been intentionally struck on both sides to form a sharp edge on one side and a rounded grip on the other - along with a bunch of animal bones which show that they were cut with stone tools, we can go back to between 2.6 and 1.4 MILLION years.

So anyone who tells you God created the earth 10,000 years ago is a total dumbass....unless.....  I can imagine God saying "Dude! Want to see something funny?" 

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