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Incredible Historic Facts About The Ancient Mayans

While many remember the Mayans as the ones who predicted that the world would end in 2012, which we’ll explain later in this article, people may not realize that they were one of the most advanced civilizations of the time. This incredible civilization reigned for about 4,000 years, a quite impressive run at the time.

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The Mayans created art, practiced medicine, built pyramids, and invented ball games. So, put on your best Indiana Jones hat and let’s find out how the Mayans lived and what caused their ultimate annihilation. We promise you’ll be both amazed and educated, and that you’ll be more than happy to share this knowledge with your friends.

Did the Mayans Really Predict Armageddon in 2012?

Ok, let’s start off by busting one of the most common myths about the Mayans. In the early 2,000s, it was quite in vogue to talk about the Mayan prediction that the world would end on December 21st, 2012. However, it wasn’t just one of those fun superstitions, like horoscopes. No, People were genuinely concerned that the world was going to end that year, and the prediction spread fear and anxiety across the globe.

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So, what was the root of the confusion? The Mayan’s impressive calendar simply “recycles” every 8,000 years (one cycle happened to end in 2012), as many people believe in Armageddon, this, along with mainstream media spreading confusion, lead to this widespread myth.

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