2Matsya Purana as sages who were proficient in Vaastu sastra. Thus we find a connection betweenMaya and Shukra and Asuras, the people of Southern regions. This background information givescredence to the Bhrugu or Shukra mana (Asura-mana) system of time measurement as the origin of the Mayan belief system that is found in the Mesoamerican regions including Mexico and in regions just north and south of the Equator. The importance given to Venus in their systems also lendscredence to its origin in Asura-mana or Shukra-mana.
The Mayan calendar of Time.
The Maya followed 3 types of calculation of time. One is the Long Count which is similar to Yugacycles running into thousands of years. One such long cycle is going to end on 21
December 2012.The second one is a Divine calendar (Tzolkin) running to a duration of 260 days. This resembles ourLunar calendar which we use for religious purposes. The Maya have 13 rounds of 20 days each,making up 260 days of the divine calendar. Many theories are floating to justify this number. Onetheory of importance to astrologers is that 260 is the number of days between two consecutivezeniths for the sun at the place where Mayas once lived. This place was known as Izapa and nowthey call it Chiapas Mexico which lies at 15 degrees N. Gnomons used for observing the path of thesun have been unearthed in this place giving credence to this notion.The third one is the Civil calendar (Haab) which is equal to the Solar year. The Maya count it as 18rounds of 20 days each and an extra 5 days. The last five days are considered to be dangerous andevil. These two (divine and civil calendar) are used in everyday life by the Mayans and they repeatevery 52 years. In other words the Mayans had 52 year cycle that is similar to the 60 year cycle of the Brihaspatya mana.Apart from this, the Mayans had a Short count of 13 rounds of 20 years for which they had writtenpredictions. An important feature of this count is that the 12
round of the present series is alsocoming to an end on 21
December 2012. These dates indicate the end of a cycle which is beingvariously interpreted as a doomsday prediction.A cursory look at the prediction for the 12
cycle spanning for 20 years from 1993 to 2012 will revealwhat the Mayans thought. It runs as follows:
There will be scarcities of corn and squash during this katun (20 year period) and this will lead togreat mortality. This was the katun during which the settlement of Chichen Itza (a place whereMayans lived and built a temple) occurred, when the man-god Kukulcan (Quetzalcoatl) arrived. It isthe katun of remembering and
Apparently this period shows a regional scarcity in food production. It also says a date in the pastwhen people had settled in the area. According to this Short count, it would come to an end on 21
December 2012, when the last and the 13
count of the current Short series would begin. The 13
count will run for 20 years and end in 2032. By a coincidence the Long count and the 12
round of the Short Count are coming to an end on 21
December this year. There is absolutely no predictionof an apocalypse for this date given in the Mayan books.
Venus as the basis of Mayan system.