The so-called long-count calendar—which spans roughly 5,125 years starting in 3114 B.C.—reached the end of a cycle on December 21, 2012.
That day also brought to a close the 13th Bak’tun, an almost 400-year period in the Maya long-count calendar.
Many people believed the close of the Bak’tun signaled the end of the world.
They were wrong.
Instead, the end of the long count represents the end of an old cycle and the beginning of a new one.
Written references to the end of Bak’tun 13 are few. Most Maya scholars cite only one: a stone tablet on Monument 6 at the Tortuguero archaeological site in Mexico’s Tabasco state.
What exactly the tablet says, though, is a mystery, because the glyphs in question are partially damaged.
Initial interpretation of the stone indicated that a god will descend at the end of Bak’tun 13. What would happen next is uncertain, although the scholars suggested this might have been a prophecy of some sort.
And that’s exactly what happened on December 31, 2012.
In a blinding flash of light everything changed.
Old heroes fell by the wayside and new ones appeared to take their place.
Now, we find ourselves five years into the Bak’tun, surrounded by new heroes and new threats.
Everything changed on that dark night.
This is a chronicle of those events.