The Mayan Civilization Maya

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The Maya civilization we know today was one of the most advanced and prominent civilizations of Mesoamerica. They were centered in one geographical area covering all of the Yucatan Peninsula and modern-day Guatemala, Belize, parts of the Mexican states of Tabasco, and Chiapas, and the western part of Honduras and El Salvador. The Maya isolated themselves in this area to remain relatively secure from invasion by other Mesoamericans. During this era, long-distance trade was developed, the famous Mayan pyramids/temples were built and the ancient Mayan people continued to develop the art, math’s, and sciences they are paid homage for today. This society which lasted between the years of about 300 and 900 A.D., ended up having numerous amounts of…show more content…
There was an interest in certain specific astronomical objects such as the sun, moon, Venus, and specific star clusters and constellations, as they were more sought after by priest-astronomers. The sun is the most important object in the sky, as the Maya calculated when the sun would rise and set, and even more shockingly, they determined the length of the solar year to be 365 days. The moon symbolized a female with an influence on certain events, as well, a waxing moon was like the ideal woman, whereas a waning moon was compared to an old woman. The Pleiades star cluster made an appearance in the morning sky around planting time, late April, indicating when they can start their planting season, for this reason, this cluster was paid respect…show more content…
During the first day of fall, the suns rays shine through small openings in a Maya observatory, lighting up the walls on the inside as a result. Chichén Itzá, the famous Maya city, is home to the famous pyramid, it is known to be positioned in relation to the sun’s location during the spring and fall equinoxes. One these 2 days during sundown, a shadow of the pyramid is cast on itself, aligning with the Mayan serpent god’s head carving. It forms the serpent body, and as the sun sets, the serpent appears to be slithering down to

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