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n. (alternative spelling of b'ak'tun English)


'' A baktun (properly b'ak'tun ; ) is 20 katun cycles of the ancient Maya Long Count Calendar. It contains 144,000 days, equal to 394.26 tropical years. The Classic period of Maya civilization occurred during the 8th and 9th baktuns of the current calendrical cycle. The current baktun started on — December 21, 2012 using the GMT correlation.

J. Eric S. Thompson pointed out that it is erroneous to say that a Long Count date of, for example, is in the “9th baktun”, analogous to describing the year 209 AD as in the “2nd century AD”. However, the practice is so well established among Maya epigraphers and other students of the Maya that to change it would cause more harm than its perpetuation. So the current practice of referring to the current baktun as ”baktun 13” or “thirteenth baktun” may stand, even though it is properly the fourteenth baktun. Alternatively, the first baktun could instead be referred to as the zeroeth to avoid this ambiguity.

Today, , in the Long Count is (based on the GMT correlation).

Baktun (telenovela)

Baktun is a telenovela in Maya broadcast on Quintana Roo public television in August, 2013. A b'ak'tun is a megacycle of the Maya calendar.

Usage examples of "baktun".

Not the Great Cycle, when the Universe is re-created, but the smallest of the great cycles, the Baktun, or 394 and a half English years.

According to legend, Kukulcan, the Plumed Serpent, had been a white man come from across the sea to lift up the Maya many baktuns ago.

In the Long Count, the system of dating used on stelae, this date would be written as 12 baktuns, 18 katuns, 10 tuns, 13 uinals, and 15 kins, designating this day as being 1,861,475 days since the starting point from which the Maya count time.