The 9 Waves of Consciousness Evolution
The Carl Calleman’s Theory

With this page on the archeological sources, we begin a rather extended presentation of the 9 levels - also named underworlds or again, waves of evolution - in the Mayan Calendar as recalled in the introduction.

These 9 levels are eras piling up one on another (see the above pyramid). Each new level is 20 times shorter than the previous one (hence the levels pyramid). Each level is integrated in the previous one which means they all finish on the same date, the famous December 21st 2012 or 4-AHAU 3 Kank’in.

The archaeological sources which Calleman takes as a basis are described in his first book The Mayan Calendar – Solving the Greatest Mystery of Our Time and also in some articles to be found on his website (see his links on this page).

The purpose of this first part is not to reproduce the demonstration of Calleman’s theory all over again but to give his main archaeological sources.

The mayan Long Count

The first element that led Carl Calleman to elaborate his theory is the Mayan Long Count (french page to be translated) representing a method of dating that counts the days and years mainly by multiples of 20.

The various levels used in the Long Count are:    

- the kin (day)

- the winal (20 days) – (not to be confused with the TZOLK’IN unial)

- the tun (18 wimal, i.e. 360 days)

- the katun (20 tun, i.e. approx. 7200 days)

- the baktun (20 katun, i.e. approx. 394 years or 144 000 days)

In order to form a complete Mayan date, one should add the day of the TZOLK’IN, the day of the HAAB and sometimes the Lord of the Night (a 9 day cycle) ans the Lunar serie inserted between the TZOLK’IN and the HAAB.

This long count ends on the famous December 21st 2012 or 4-AHAU 13 baktun 0 katun, 0 tun, 0 wimal, 0 kin, i.e. in conventional notation:

Now, the same way this long count has an end date, it also has a start date which the archaeologists have computed as being August 11 -3114, or the 4-AHAU 0 baktun, 0 katun, 0 tun, 0 wimal, 0 kin, i.e. in conventional notation: This beginning date could also be writing just like the end date. In this case, the notation suggests some kind of Long Counts cycle...

The Stele number 1 in Coba (Mexico)

The second element that led Carl Calleman to elaborate his theory is the inscription found on the steles in Coba, and most particularly the stele number 1. That stele, as well as two others to be found on the Coba site, (number 5 and number 27) present a system of dating similar to the long count except that it goes back a lot further in time.

Besides the long count dating levels (kin, winal, tun, katun and baktun) we must add:

- the pictun (20 baktun, i.e. approx. 7885 years)

- the calabtun (20 pictun, i.e. approx. 157 700 years)

- the kinchiltun (20 calabtun, i.e. approx. 3 million years)

- the alautun (20 kinchiltun, i.e. approx. 63 million years)

- the hablatun (a period of 20 alautun, i.e. approx. 1,26 billion years)

As well as 14 other levels of power from 20 to enormous numbers in billion and trillion years.

The date to be found on stele number 1 is that of August 11th 3114 BC in our calendar, or, in the mayan one, the 4-AHAU 8 KUMK’U 13. 13. 13. 13. 13. 13. 13. 13. 13. 13. 13. 13. 13. 13. 13. 13. 13. 13. 13. 13. 0. 0. 0. 0!

On the right side, you can see a reproduction of the inscriptions found on stele number 1 in Coba, this reproduction is the work of the Mayanist Linda Schele (drawing n° 4087). The zones have been highlighted by different colours to illustrate the concept.

Mayan Numeration System
(picture from wikipedia)

This long count lasts about 5126 years. August 11th 3114 BC represents for the Mayas the mythical date of the creation of the 4th world (the 5th world for the Aztecs), our world. According to tradition, the previous world has been submerged under water, which is a Mesoamerican reference to the Great Flood.

At the date of the creation of this web page (July 27th 2010), we are on the of the Long Count (here is the access to the converter).

Stèle 1 de Coba
(Linda Schele 4087)

The levels of dating above the hablatun are to be found in the blue zone. They are regrouped under one colour because they refer to dates beyond the creation of the universe. The period it describes is undoubtedly related to the “7 eternities of slumber” preceding the creation of the universe according to the Popol Vuh (the Mayan Quiche book of the dawn of life).

The purple zone detailed below corresponds to the merging of the Long Count with the pictun to the hablatun levels of dating.

13 hablatun

13 kinchiltun

13 pictun

13 alautun

13 calabtun

Long Count

Part 1 : The Archeological Sources

0 katun

0 winal


13 baktun

0 tun

0 kin

Tortuguero Monument 6

The third element which led Carl Calleman to elaborate his theory is the inscription found on the Tortuguero monument 6 commented and documented in the article: The Tortuguero monument 6 and the Mayan end date.

If we take the date August 11, 3114 BC the way it appears on Coba Steles, it boils down to:

Long Count

The 9 Waves of Carl Calleman
(including the first 3 levels of the Long Count (Baktun, Katun,Tun)

Dates beyond the creation of the Universe

The “7 eternities of Slumber”

The inscription reads as follows:

“The thirteen baktun will be finished (on) 4-AJAW (AHAU), on the third (day) of Uniiw (K’ank’in) ? will occur. (It will be) the descent ? ? of the Nine Support  ? Gods to the ?

This inscription added to the fact that the level of dating of the hablatun corresponds to the creation of the universe inspired Carl Calleman’s idea of the 9 underworlds which all end at the same time.

The 9 levels of the Mayan Pyramids

On top of this, he noted that the major Mayan pyramids comprise 9 levels as illustrated in El Castillo, Kukulkan’s pyramid (Quetzalcoatl) in Chichen Itza (Yucatan - Mexico) or the Jaguar’s temple in Tikal (Guatemala).

Tortuguero Monument 6 Inscription
(from the Carl Calleman’s article)

El Castillo, Kukulkan Pyramid, Chichen Itza

The mayan Long Count End Date

From a straight archaeological point of view, the Mayan long count calendar ends on December 21st, 2012 (actually between the 21st and the 23rd according to the various evaluations which have been made of the long count starting day). Carl Calleman has challenged this date on the basis of archaeological observations as well as of the logical study of the Mayan Calendar. His rationale is exposed in detail in the article “The question of the Mayan calendar end date.

This prompted him to consider the date for October 28th, 2011 which is totally compatible with the Mayan sources we actually have at our disposal and it gives the end of the long count between “now and 2015”.

translation by Nelly Lewin

In yellow colour appears the TZOLK’IN date: 4-AHAU

The green zone represents “complements” (the Lords of the Night and the Lunar Serie).

The HAAB date is colored in pink. (here the 8 KUMK’U (so the beginning date of the Long Count).

And at last, the ochre zone represents the event related to the above date: “will appear the image of” (or “will be set up”) “all the past years”. Thanks to Mark van Stone for the useful precisions.