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So What's Up Mayans?

 
 
Reply Sat 25 Feb, 2012 09:03 am
apparently the Olmec culture which predated the Mayans significantly was responsible for the long count calendar and inventing the number zero, at least in meso american culture. According to this article there were even cultures flourishing in this part of the world 1000 years previous. Apropos of nothing, but interesting, with all this Mayan hoopla currently going on.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olmec
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roger
 
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Reply Sat 25 Feb, 2012 11:58 am
@blueveinedthrobber,
History is written by the victors. That means survivors.
blueveinedthrobber
 
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Reply Sat 25 Feb, 2012 12:00 pm
@roger,
roger wrote:

History is written by the victors. That means survivors.


your point?
roger
 
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Reply Sat 25 Feb, 2012 12:01 pm
@blueveinedthrobber,
The "Mayan hoopla" continues because they outlived the Olmec.

Oh, nevermind.
MontereyJack
 
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Reply Sat 25 Feb, 2012 12:14 pm
The Mayan Hoopla has nothing to do with the Maya. 2012 is just the ending of a period, and the start of the next one. It's kind of like the end of a century or a millenium and the start of the next one with us, except on a somewhat larger scale. There are no actual Maya expectations of doomsday.
blueveinedthrobber
 
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Reply Sat 25 Feb, 2012 01:41 pm
@roger,
roger wrote:

The "Mayan hoopla" continues because they outlived the Olmec.

Oh, nevermind.


don't get testy on me Rog, I just wasn't getting your point, not picking a fight.
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blueveinedthrobber
 
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Reply Sat 25 Feb, 2012 01:42 pm
@MontereyJack,
MontereyJack wrote:

The Mayan Hoopla has nothing to do with the Maya. 2012 is just the ending of a period, and the start of the next one. It's kind of like the end of a century or a millenium and the start of the next one with us, except on a somewhat larger scale. There are no actual Maya expectations of doomsday.


Still has to do with the Mayans since the entire premise is built on historical fact, meaning the Mayan calendar. The conclusions of course are a different story.
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Reply Mon 27 Feb, 2012 02:08 pm
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v288/stevetheq/mayans.jpg
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