144,000 is also an interesting or important number in the Maya Long Count Calendar.
Is it just the result of being a naturally important number that can be created with variations? For example based on 12X12=144 etc.
Or is there a reason that Christianity and the Mayans both have this as a specific figure?
Are there any ancient mythology about this number or representations of this number?
144,000 and Mayan Long Count calendar
The Mayan Long Count calendar is strikingly different from the Roman calendar, or any other for that matter. A “month” is 20 days, and 18 months is a year of 360 days. Twenty 360 day years comprise a “katun,” and a “baktun” is 20 katun, equaling 144,000 days.
The number 144,000 is very interesting, as it is the number of the “firstfruits” redeemed to God at the coming of the Messiah (Rev.14:1-4).
The 360 Day Year, the Exodus, the Mayans and Calendar Chaos | triumphpro
Longer cycles can be incorporated in the Maya calendar. A katun consists of 20 tun (about 19.7 years), a baktun of 20 katuns (about 395 years), a pictun of 20 baktuns (about 78.9 centuries), a calabtun of 20 pictuns (about 158 millennia), and a kinchiltun of 20 calabtuns (about 3.16 million years).
The Classic Maya Calendar and Day Numbering System | University of Delaware
A baktun is 20 katun cycles of the ancient Maya Long Count Calendar. It contains 144,000 days, equal to 394.26 tropical years.
Baktun | Wikipedia
k’in = day
winal = 20 day month
tun = 360 day long count year (18 winal)
katun = 7200 days (20 tun)
baktun = 144000 days (20 katun)
The periods are listed from largest to smallest in the inscriptions. Each period glyph is preceded by a number, usually written in “dot and bar” form: Bar = 5, and dot = 1. Zero is indicated by a “shell” glyph. The first numbered glyph here reads 9 baktun. It counts 9 x 144000 = 1296000 days since creation. The long count is the sum of the multiples of each of the five periods.
Note on the Maya Calendar | Michael John Finley
Kin = 1 Day.
Uinal = 20 kin = 20 days.
Tun = 18 uinal = 360 days.
Katun = 20 tun = 360 uinal = 7,200 days.
Baktun = 20 katun = 400 tun = 7,200 uinal = 144,000 days.
The Mayan Calendar – predicting the end of the world? | Time and Date
144,000 and the Bible
14 Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. 2 And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps. 3 And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth.
The Lamb and the 144,000 – Revelation 14:1-4 (New International Version) | Bible Gateway
3 and they sing, as it were, a new song before the throne, and before the four living creatures, and the elders, and no one was able to learn the song except the hundred forty-four thousands, who have been bought from the earth;
Revelation 14:1-4 (Young’s Literal Translation) | Bible Gateway
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