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Counting Lunar Phase Cycles in Mesoamerica

  • Stanisław Iwaniszewski
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Abstract

Though ancient Mesoamericans did not develop formal lunar calendars, they nevertheless timed diverse agricultural activities with the lunar phases. Only the Classic Period Maya created a complex system of recording the lunar cycles, called the Lunar Series, attached to various mythological or historical narratives. It is probable that the structure of the Lunar Series was used to make eclipse predictions.

Keywords

Lunar Cycle Lunar Phase Head Variant Mural Painting Lunar Calendar 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.División de Posgrado, Escuela Nacional de Antropología e HistoriaTlalpanMexico
  2. 2.Państwowe Muzeum ArcheologiczneWarszawaPoland

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