Ancient Turkish calendar predicts 2020 calamities

A Turkic calendar created over 2,000 years ago has predicted a series of calamities in 2020 with remarkable accuracy, ranging from locust infestations, to fires, earthquakes, and epidemics, Ihlas News Agency (IHA) reported.

The 12 Hayvanlı Türk Takvimi (12-Animals Turkic Calendar), was created and used by Central Asian Turkic people as far back as 209 B.C.

In the calendar, 12 different animals each represent a year. The names of the years rotate between a rat, cow, tiger, rabbit, fish, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, chicken, dog, and pig. 2020 is the year of the rat.

Oğuzhan Türk, a history researcher from Turkey's eastern Erzurum province, told IHA that many of the prophecies in the calendar for the year 2020 have come true, with locust swarms in Iran, fires in Australia, earthquakes in Turkey, and the coronavirus pandemic.

The calendar foresees that many places will be damaged by rain and hail, that and looting and theft will escalate in the second half of 2020. 

“Since we are in the spring months, we may still face rain and hail, after the locust invasion and virus envisaged for the year 2020. But hopefully, these predicted events will not happen,” said Türk.

Türk said that the calendar depicted a coronavirus-like epidemic, called “zatülcenb” (pleuritis), which has symptoms such as fever, chills, coughing, an unstable pulse, and respiratory failure – all of which lead to a painful death. 

The calendar’s remedy for the disease is the plant “udi hindi” or “kusti bahri,” the dried bark of a shrub from the Thymelaeaceae family. 

Türk stressed that the information should be regarded more as reflecting the experiences of those who lived at that time, rather than actually providing prophecy or doomsday predictions. 

“However, ancient people formed their lives according to these calendars for a long time,” he said.