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Why the Maya Picked 2012 : The Sacred Triple Rebirth of the Sun and the Sacred Tree Over the Maya (cont.)
By Thomas Razzeto

The Driving Question Behind the Creation of the Long Count Calendar

Here we are looking towards the bright center region of our Milky Way galaxy. The dark rift is easily visible.

Let's go way back in time and imagine being a Maya skywatcher two thousand years ago. With excellent viewing conditions, which the Maya certainly had, we would clearly see the spectacular section of the sky containing the center of our Milky Way galaxy. Here we see a massive ball of bright lights with a dark swath intruding into it and this swath is called the dark rift. There is nothing else in the night sky that looks even remotely like this section of the sky. It is quite stunning and very intriguing. We would be drawn to it and stories would be created about it. For the Maya, the massive ball of bright lights at the center of the galaxy was seen as the pregnant belly of the mother of creation and the dark rift was seen as the birth canal.

After careful observation, we would learn that the sun travels across the galactic birth canal in late November. It would do this once a year and each year it would do this a little bit closer to the day of the winter solstice. This would lead us to ask what year in the distant future will the sun be in the middle of the birth canal on the day of the winter solstice? By carefully measuring this shift, which is about 20 minutes per year, we could calculate that this special event would happen in the years around 2012. This is the obvious and natural way in which the Maya were attracted to a point in time over two thousand of years in their future.

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