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Donna J. Scheurs INFORMATIVE SPEECH The Mayan Calendar Specific Purpose Statement: To inform my audience about the end of the Mayan Calendar which has predicted to be the “end of the world” on December 21, 2012. Thesis: Is this Calendar’s end date a cultural belief, legend, or just a dawn to a new era? Organizational Pattern/Division: Topical Introduction I. According the scriptures of the Mayan Calendar. Many of us have heard that December 21, 2012, will be the end of the world. However, educating us about the different Mayan Calendars may help us to better understand their true meaning(s) of astrology, legend and the fate of mankind. II. How many of us know exactly what the Mayan Calendars are or what their specific purpose is? How many different versions of the Mayan Calendars are there, or if one of the calendars is more important than the other? III. The Mayans created many different versions of their Calendar. The Tzolkin, The Haab , and The Calendar Round, are just a few, but it is the Long Count Calendar that is the most important of all the Mayan Calendars. It is the most important because the scriptures of the Long Count Calendar suggest the “end of a world age”, also known as the “end of the world”. IV. The last day of the Mayan Calendar corresponds with our Winter Solstice, which has played a significant role in many cultures all over the world, particularly through art, literature, mythology and religion. The Winter Solstice is also known as the December Solstice in the northern hemisphere. This calendar itself consists of three separate corresponding calendars, the Long Count, the T’zolkin and the Haab. Time in these calendars is recurring and a set number of days must occur before a new cycle can begin. The Tzolkin and the Haab identify and name of the days, but

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