Why the world didn’t end

The Maya believed that people influence time passing, they thought people are required to actually keep time passing, so their view of the world was totally wrong even just  in that sense alone.

But also the Mayan’s had complex calendars, with interlocking cycles, and they were very good at maths. Their view of history was based on a base 20 counting system, not base 10, and that’s because you’ve got 5 fingers on 1 hand, 5 fingers on the other hand, and 5 toes on each foot. So their calculation of when the universe will end, requires you to have 10 fingers and 10 toes. Hence, you would have to be a complete tw*t  to think that has any bearing on Cosmology. Their calendar is based on the number of fingers and toes you’ve got.  How can that have cosmic significance?

The current Mayan long count ends at 13 0 0 0 0. And then on Mayan it will go to 1 0 0 0 0, and carry on.  The Maya believed that the universe will be recreated at that point, because they believe that every long count cycle the universe begins, ends, and then restarts again.

{paraphrased from Prof Brian Cox to be fair 😉