Retrieved March 30, Images used in this page and the videos can be downloaded in the Resources Section of the site. The Calendar System Click on image to view larger The ancient Maya were accomplished observers of the sky. A more detailed explanation of the Maya Calendar System can be found here.
They maintained three different calendars at the same time.
The Maya information compiled here is from various sources, but exclusively from the highlands of Guatemala. The Maya believe that when a person reaches 52 years of age, they attain the special wisdom of an elder. These glyphs are referred to as "variants. The days of the month were numbered from 0 to College students ensure that their papers are turned in on time and they have plenty of time to study for exams.
Instead, it is made from a succession of 20 day glyphs in combination with the numbers 1 to 13, and produces unique days. Like Maya mathematics, the Long Count calendar system counts by 20s.
Cumku In contrast to the Tzolkin dates, the Haab month names changed every 20 days instead of daily; so the day after 4 Zotz would be 5 Zotz, followed by 6 Zotz He has been a calendar Day Keeper for more than 30 years. Introduction to Maya Hieroglyphs: Alphabets, Hieroglyphs and Pictograms.
The Uayeb days acquired a very derogatory reputation for bad luck; known as "days without names" or "days without souls," and were observed as days of prayer and mourning. Though the ancient Maya developed a unique solar calendar called the Haab, they also followed the rest of Mesoamerica in using Year Bearers to define and name individual solar, day years.
Handbook to Life in the Ancient Maya World. These numbers are only accurate to digits. The Story of Writing: University Museum, University of Pennsylvania. They also inscribed their religious beliefs and mythology on pottery.
Wayeb and Leiden University. If a day is, for example, "4 Ahau 8 Cumku," the next day falling on "4 Ahau 8 Cumku" would be 18, days or about 52 years later.
The Book of Chilam Balam of Chumayel.The Maya calendar was adopted by the other Mesoamerican nations, such as the Aztecs and the Toltec, which adopted the mechanics of the calendar unaltered but changed the names of the days of the week and the months.
An Aztec calendar. The mayan pregnancy calendar, also referred to as the mayan pregnancy chart, can be used to discover the baby´s gender through the mother´s age and the month in which the baby was conceived. The Long Count calendar keeps track of the days that have passed since the mythical starting date of the Maya creation, August 11, BCE.
The basic unit of time is the day, or k’in. 20 k’in = 1 uinal or 20 days. The Maya calendar consists of a system of three interlacing calendars and almanacs which was used by several cultures in Central America, most famously the Maya.
Tzolk'in The day Tzolk'in, or sacred calendar, is the oldest calendar cycle known in Mesoamerica, dating back to at least BC. While some scholars are still searching for an astronomical basis for this cycle, most agree it was based on the nine month human gestation period.
The Mayan calendar was one of the first attempts by people to keep some sort of historical record. Learn more about how the Mayan calendar works.Download