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Maya, their Calendar and Doomsday Dec 21, 2012 (The)

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  00:14:00  2012  HD 16/9  Color  Sound

For months, the media and internet have been echoing the end of the world allegedly announced in the Maya calendar on 21 December 2012. To counter the alleged amalgams and approximations, Jean-Michel Hoppan (CNRS), archaeologist, epigraphist and specialist in Mayan writing, helps us to lift the veil by explaining us who the Maya were and by making us grasp their system of writing and calculation.
By describing in detail the complex functioning of the Mayan calendar, a combination of two main cycles, the tzolkin and the haab and a countdown of days since the original date of the great cycle, the film demonstrates how difficult it is to match a date in the Mayan calendar to a date in the Christian calendar. The day of"4 ahau 3 kankin" is the end date of a great cycle that some researchers equate with 21-12-2012, while others shift it 208 days later. In the Mayan calendar, this date never foretold the end of the world, but the wane of a great cycle mentioning the return of a divinity, Bolonyocte, who is to set time in motion again, leading towards a new cycle and thus a moment of reconstruction instead of destruction.

Producer : CNRS Images
Scientific adviser : HOPPAN Jean-Michel (SEDYL, UMR CNRS, IRD et INALCO Paris, Villejuif)
Audiovisual processLive shots. Use of 3D animations, mayan codex, photographs, drawings, map, stock shots and texts.
Live sounds and voice-over. Music.
PersonnalitiesHOPPAN Jean-Michel(SEDYL, UMR CNRS, IRD et INALCO Paris, Villejuif)
NotesSEDYL : Structure et Dynamique des Langues.
INALCO : Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales.
Technical Sheet
Item No.3968
PublicLarge audience
Original SupportHD Cam
DistributionSale (private use), Sale (institutionnal use)