Mayan and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Rigoberta Menchú Tum, the Dalai Lama & more speak about the true Mayan prophecies concerning 2012.
The ancient Mayans, based on star charting, prophesied that December 21, 2012, would be the end of the world (or at least the date of some type of universal catastrophe).
Meso-American star charting started around 680 B.C. in the Olmec civilization, who recorded astrological patterns and eventually shared this information with the Mayans.
The Mayans had a long history of tracking the winter solstice (probably for planting crops) and creating calendars (at least 17 that we know of).