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By Susan Milbrath

Observations of the solar, moon, planets, and stars performed a principal position in historic Maya lifeways, as they do this day between modern Maya who hold the normal methods. This pathfinding booklet reconstructs old Maya astronomy and cosmology during the astronomical details encoded in Precolumbian Maya paintings and proven via the present practices of dwelling Maya peoples.

Susan Milbrath opens the e-book with a dialogue of recent Maya ideals approximately astronomy, in addition to crucial info on naked-eye remark. She devotes next chapters to Precolumbian astronomical imagery, which she lines again via time, ranging from the Colonial and Postclassic eras. She delves into many features of the Maya astronomical photos, together with the main astronomical gods and their linked glyphs, astronomical almanacs within the Maya codices [painted books], and alterations within the imagery of the heavens over the years. This research yields new facts and a brand new synthesis of knowledge concerning the particular astronomical occasions and cycles recorded in Maya artwork and structure. certainly, it constitutes the 1st significant learn of the connection among artwork and astronomy in historic Maya culture.

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