"In the Maya conception, the zero day of this era-based calendar fell on [note 38] of the Long Count, 4 Ahau 8 Cumku of the Calendar Round, and on a day when the ninth Lord of the Night was ruling. Once these day names had been juxtaposed in this way, the calendar was set for all eternity. All the simultaneous cycles that constituted time would now simply click forward one day at a time. {...} In our calendar, their zero day corresponds to August 11, 3114 B.C. [note 39]

Above we talked of the turning of the millennium as one of our own milestones in time. In the near future Maya time also approaches one of its great benchmarks. December 23, 2012, will be 4 Ahau 3 Kankin, the day when the thirteen baktuns will end and the Long Count cycles return to the symmetry of the beginning."

1} Linda Schele and David Freidel, _A_Forest_of_Kings:_The_Untold_Story_ of_the_Ancient_Maya_, William Morrow and Co., Inc., New York, 1990, p. 82.