The Maya used a calendar based on the heavens and the wheeling of stars and constellations. They recognized many of the same constellations identified in Western astronomy, but they gave them different names with identities that reflected their geography and environment. Capricorn is Bat. Libra is Shark. Scorpio is... Scorpion. The Big Bear (Ursa Major in Latin, but commonly known as The Big Dipper) is 7 Macaw, the mythical bird demon. The Spanish name for this constellation, Ursa Major, is Oso Mayor. We look at the same world, but our cultures drive us to name and count things differently.
This piece addresses the concept of time and calendars based on eternal cycles, rather than linear time lines with beginnings and endpoints.
September 10th, 2016
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