The Mayan apocalypse predictions arise from a misunderstanding of the ancient Maya Long Count Calendar. December 21 just so happens to be the 13th b’ak’tun in the calendar, a benchmark the Maya would have seen as a full cycle of creation (13 was an important number for them.)
In other words, the Maya had a cyclical view of time and would not have seen the end of their calendar cycle as the end of the world. Think of the Mayan calendar like our calendar: When you reach the end, you flip over a page and start a new calendar.
Mayans themselves reject any notion that the world will end. Even the oldest Maya calendar painting ever discovered includes calculations of 17 b’ak’tuns.[jwplayer mediaid="94485"]
END OF THE WORLD THEORIES & WHY THEY WON’T HAPPEN: