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So, for instance, they calculated a length of time called a baktun, made of
According to this correlation, therefore, 1 baktun would be the equivalent of 144000 days or about 394 years. 13 baktuns gives us a time cycle or ME of some 5122 years, which brings us close to the magical 2012 date for the ending of the current Maya Era, depending on how you do your math calculations.
According to the Maya calendar which is based on the periods of 394 years known as baktuns, the 13 th baktun is completed on December 21, 2012.
• It consists of the following units of time: kin = one day uinal = 20 days tun = 360 days (18 uinal) katun = 7,200 days (20 tun) baktun = 144,000 days (20 katun) • The calendar shows the number of days elapsed since the beginning date: August 13, 3114 B.C.
Spanish colonization, is also called the 13th baktun, and tracks more than 5,000 years, then resets at year zero.
The Long Count was composed of five repeating cycles of 20: the kin (1 day), the uinal (20 days), the tun (360 days; the five unlucky days at the end of the year were rarely recorded), the katun (20 years), and the baktun (400 years).