Review: The Mayan Culture

“The Mayan culture has undergone substantial changes throughout its existence. It is part of the wider context of Mesoamerican civilization that stretched from Central America into the present-day southern United States. This civilization was based on the cultivation of maize and shared the sacred 260-day calendar. It is estimated that the Maya started to cultivate maize about 5000 years ago, around the time set for the beginning of their Long Count. It is however only about the time of Christ that we can talk about the emergence of a high culture among the Maya”

The Calendar

“For simplicity, the Mayan calendar system is usually referred to as “The Mayan Calendar”. This term then really refers to a system of interconnected calendrical cycles of the Maya. It would however also be a misunderstanding if we said that the Maya had many different calendars. Everything in the Cosmos is related, and the same is true for the calendrical cycles that the Maya were using to describe its evolution and changing energies”

The Mayan Calendar End date

“Many people hear about the so-called end date of the Mayan calendar, and today some people have even created the illusion that the Mayan calendar was designed only to point out this end date. In reality, there is nothing to indicate that the ancient Maya who developed the Long Count calendar had any interest in what would happen as this calendar came to an end. Instead what the ancient Mayan scriptures talk about is its beginning”

The Mayan Use of the Calendar

“In addition to its role as a contact to the ancestors, the Maya used the calendar for celebrating significant energy shifts (see picture below). At these times the shaman kings would make prophecies about the time ahead in the new energy. A base of knowledge had been created as to how the energies would shift according to the calendar, and, in combination with the shamanic connection to the World Tree, prophecies of relevance to the present moment and the immediate time ahead were developed”

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