The Order of Days: The Maya World and the Truth About 2012

The Order of Days: The Maya World and the Truth About 2012 ❮Read❯ ➵ The Order of Days: The Maya World and the Truth About 2012 ➹ Author David Stuart – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk The world s foremost expert on Maya culture looks at hysteria and explains the truth about what the Maya meant and what we want to believe Apocalypse An Investigation into Civilizations End The Worl The world s foremost expert on Maya of Days: MOBI ó culture looks athysteria and explains the truth about what the Maya meant and what we want to believe ApocalypseAn Investigation into Civilizations End The World Cataclysm in The return of Quetzalcoatl According to many of these alarmingly titled books, the ancient Maya not only had a keen insight into the mystical workings of our planet and the cosmos, but they were also able to predict that the world will end in the year David The Order PDF/EPUB ² Stuart, the foremost scholar of the Maya and recipient of numerous awards for his work, takes a hard look at the frenzy overand offers a fascination and accurate trip through Mayan culture and belief Stuart shows how the idea that the end of the Mayan calendar, which supposedly heralds the end of our own existence, says far about our culture than about the ancient Maya The Order of Days explores how the real intellectual achievement of ancient Maya timekeeping and worldview is Order of Days: PDF/EPUB ¾ far impressive and remarkable than any of the popular, and often outrageous, claims about this advanced civilizationAs someone who has studied the Maya for nearly all of his life and who specializes in reading their ancient texts, Stuart sees thehubbub as the most recent in a long chain of related ideas about Mesoamericans, the Maya in particular, that depicts them as somehow oddball, not of this world, or as having some strong mystical link to other realmsBecause the yearhas no prominent role in anything the ancient Maya ever actually wrote, Stuart takes a wider look at the Maya concepts of time and their underlying philosophy as we can best understand them The ancient Maya, Stuart contends, were worthy of study and admiration not because they were strange but because they were altogether human, and they developed a compelling vision of time unlike any other civilization before or since.


10 thoughts on “The Order of Days: The Maya World and the Truth About 2012

  1. Jesse Jesse says:

    a rather broad overview of the mayans view of time def recommended for someone wanting a single book to explain some of these issues, but may be a little too broad for those already with a base of knowledge regarding mayans and time oh, and anyone wanting to know what the MAYA actually thought about 2012 check out this link a rather broad overview of the mayans view of time def recommended for someone wanting a single book to explain some of these issues, but may be a little too broad for those already with a base of knowledge regarding mayans and time oh, and anyone wanting to know what the MAYA actually thought about 2012 check out this link


  2. Jason Golomb Jason Golomb says:

    Remember what life was like in 1999 Millennium fever was sweeping the world and scientists, regular folk and the new age erati were focused on January 1, 2000 Y2K was coming and it was bringing with it a digital Armageddon And when it finally arrived, we celebrated and ducked and nothing happenedexcept January 2, 2000.Something very similar is happening again with the approach of the much anticipated date of December 21, 2012, otherwise known as 13.0.0.0.0 on the Maya calendar Will it b Remember what life was like in 1999 Millennium fever was sweeping the world and scientists, regular folk and the new age erati were focused on January 1, 2000 Y2K was coming and it was bringing with it a digital Armageddon And when it finally arrived, we celebrated and ducked and nothing happenedexcept January 2, 2000.Something very similar is happening again with the approach of the much anticipated date of December 21, 2012, otherwise known as 13.0.0.0.0 on the Maya calendar Will it bring mass destruction through floods, fire, and asteroids as Hollywood might have us believe Or will it be the dawning of a new religious age that s somethingspiritual, peaceful and fulfilling than the multitude of religions that already exist around the world David Stuart is one of the world s preeminent Maya epigraphers and historians In his recently released The Order of Days , Stuart expresses his frustration with the pop culture hullaballoo over the Maya s supposedly prophetic importance of December 21, 2012 The date is very real and very important to the Maya but Stuart emphatically points out that no Maya text, ancient, colonial, or modern ever predicted the end of time or the end of the world With an eye on 12 21 12, Stuart takes an anthropological, archaeological and historical look into the far and near past of Mesoamerican cultures and, as Stuart himself writes, examines history, ancient texts, modern Maya religion, and the early development of research to show how the Maya conceived of a remarkable structure to time and space that s significant on its own as a compelling human achievement December 21, 2012 was extremely important to the Maya Just like January 1, 2000 was important to the modern world Those 3 zeros that follow the 2 make it an inherently key, though arbitrary, calendar based milestone Key milestones in the never ceasing revolutions of time were muchimportant to the Mayas than they are to modern Americans We use those cycles of time to celebrate For the Maya, time and dates, and their passages, were THE driving force in the day to day, practical, and spiritual lives of the Maya.The sole reference to the infamous 12 21 12 date comes from a small ruin at Tortuguero, not far from the better known site of Palenque in Mexico Stuart writes, On a large slabit reads in glyphs that thirteen bak tuns will end on a date that corresponds to 12 21 12 This is the only reference to that specific date, and from that alone has come a multitude of speculation over what this actually means Time was so importantcontrolling it, or at least the perception of controlling it, became a key role within the ancient Maya communities Shaman priests who oversaw religious ceremonies were probably well versed in the messages and meanings of time as it was anciently structured what Mesoamerican cultures called the Order of Days using it as a framework to divine the reasons why the gods, and what they represented rain, for example , did what they did.Stuart writes, Time was not just a means of measuring the course of history but was also ashaping force in human experiencetime was an actor invested with personality and character who shaped the very nature of history itself The author compares the Aztecs and Mayas who had similar roots in their cultures and comparably deep devotion to calendrical cycles One Spanish Friar who spent nearly his entire life living near Mexico City in the decades following the Conquest wrote The characters glyphs representing the days also taught the Indian nations the days on which they were to sow, reap, till the land, cultivate corn, weed, harvest, store, shell the ears of corn, sow beans and flasxseed Religion was also deeply connected to the calendar and times of year The complex calendrical interpretations became a merger of almanac and bible In the minds of Maya kings, time s character evidently heldpower and influence than they themselves did The role of the ruler was to harness and manage time, wrote Stuart.Stuart analyzes many of the glyphs the Maya used in tracking time, while diving deeply into the mechanics of Maya time keeping The book includes detailed images and drawings, many of which are Stuart s own work The transcription of their designs is equal parts art and science as Stuart often views the glyphs through the eyes of an art historian in determining their root meanings and genesis For example, the glyph that represents the idea of year or ha b is supposed to be in the shape of a certain type of drum Stuart theorizes that the symbol ties in with the use of drums during seasonal festivals and celebrations and so became a metaphor for the marking of time.In order to understand the Maya basis for having inscribed dates throughout Mesoamerica, Stuart builds a foundation for understanding their calendar Or rathercalendars The Maya loved their day keeping so much that they had different calendars for different things.The 260 day divinatory tzolk in was the calendar most important in prognostication and divination, acts that themselves give a sense of order and meaning One possible reason for the 260 day focus is that it corresponds with the span of human gestation the life and physical cycle of the world in which we live.A 365 day calendar called ha b provided a framework for communal agricultural festivals and ceremonies, and complemented theesoteric nature of the 260 day tzolk in The ha b is just one part of the Maya Long Count system that generated that 13.0.0.0.0 date that has so many people buzzing.The Long Count calendar keeps a running tally of time from a certain zero starting point Based on the data that Mayanists have gathered over the years, the Long Count started on August 11, 3114 B.C Because the Maya recorded dates of historical significance on many of the artifacts that remain today, scholars are able to track time to that starting point, as well as look ahead to significant future dates like the one carved into the Tortuguero slab.The Long Count calendar consists of 5 component parts The smallest segment is a day or k in 20 days make a winal 18 winals make a tun winals only go to 18 because the Maya were savvy enough to account a 365 day solar timeframe 20 tuns make a ka tun, and 20 ka tuns make a bak tun As each time period reaches its peak, it starts back at 1 Sort of like when we get to December 31, our calendar starts back over on January 1.Stuart writes, Few archaeologists hold much stock in the idea that the multiple rises and falls of the ancient Maya might be closely tied to these inner workings on thecalendar and concepts of prophecy Did the Maya anticipate changes to their physical world based on their calendar and its interplay with their religious beliefs Absolutely Agricultural cycles were mapped by the calendar and had inextricable ties to religion Were they able to track and follow the movement of heavenly bodies in space Absolutely We know this, because they wrote about it in the extant Maya documents that survived the Conquest Did they have some uniquely spiritual insight that foretold some combination of the end of the world and or spiritual renewal No Nothan any other deeply spiritual society that looks to the skies and their physical world to find meanings in the ways they live.That date is significant and it s no surprise to have been actualized and commemorated by the ancient Maya On December 21, 2012, the bak tun number turns from 12 to 13 13.0.0.0.0 and 13 was an important number to the Maya Significant milestones within their calendrical system were celebrated throughout their history, just like we might celebrate July 4th every year and throw a bigger celebration at the 200th or 250th anniversary of America s independence.Stuart describes Maya time as something that folds over itselfalmost like a translucent piece of paper, when folded, you can see through to what s written behind butclearly see what s written on top The shadow of the past interplays and contrasts with the present And so it goes on into the future


  3. Jerry Gaiser Jerry Gaiser says:

    Very deep discussionAlmost to much for me to understand An interesting look at the Maya and their calendars Really need to dig onto thisdeeply.


  4. Luke Bishop Luke Bishop says:

    I thought this was an interesting overview of Maya conceptions of time, and was pretty accessible.


  5. Igor Coelho arantes santana marques Igor Coelho arantes santana marques says:

    From epigraphy to mind numbing calendrics, from historical documents to stelae, ruins, and murals, from cosmological notions of kingship to astronomy and astrology, this book is a phenomenal build up to answer the question what did the Maya think was going to happen in 2012 When the answer comes in the last third of the book Stuart only takes time to individually refute apocalyptic or otherwise nonsensical claims by some New Age writers in the last chapter, for example it becomes clear t From epigraphy to mind numbing calendrics, from historical documents to stelae, ruins, and murals, from cosmological notions of kingship to astronomy and astrology, this book is a phenomenal build up to answer the question what did the Maya think was going to happen in 2012 When the answer comes in the last third of the book Stuart only takes time to individually refute apocalyptic or otherwise nonsensical claims by some New Age writers in the last chapter, for example it becomes clear that the book s intention is not merely to answer that original question after all, but to instruct the reader on the basics of Maya and Mesoamerican culture and thought, and introduce him to the great strides made in this field in recent decades, and with that help him let go of some erroneous preconceptions about the Maya that ve been perpetuated since colonial times More broadly put, this book goes to show that true, scientific understanding is rewarding because it dissipates the veil of exoticism and allows us to consider a people for what they really are It wasn t a breezy read, since to be honest it was all new to me, but persevering proved very rewarding And if you re like me, you re going to appreciate that not a description of vases or murals or glyphs goes without an accompanying illustration, and that likewise complicated concepts are often explained with tables


  6. Perrystroika Perrystroika says:

    David Stuart has claims to being one of the greatest Mayanists in history, being one of the instrumental figures in the decipherment of the Mayan writing system This book, however, only deals peripherally on that subject Here Stuart gives a detailed study of the Mayan calender system, and it s concept of time In the process, he touches on Mayan culture, mythology, history, and mathematics The Mayan calender was made up of many different interlocking cycles there were 360 day years, and 200 David Stuart has claims to being one of the greatest Mayanists in history, being one of the instrumental figures in the decipherment of the Mayan writing system This book, however, only deals peripherally on that subject Here Stuart gives a detailed study of the Mayan calender system, and it s concept of time In the process, he touches on Mayan culture, mythology, history, and mathematics The Mayan calender was made up of many different interlocking cycles there were 360 day years, and 200 day years, and 50 year cycles, and 20 day months, and on and on These cycles intersected with each other in complicated ways, forming the pattern of ritual that determined the pulse of Mayan life


  7. Leonide Martin Leonide Martin says:

    Excellent source for understanding how the Maya thought about and interacted with time Rich background on Maya culture and their obsession with calendars and astronomy Clarifies that the idea of 2012 as an apocalyptic event never came from Mayan tradition, but was superimposed by Western doomsdayers on the ending of a long count calendar cycle.


  8. G Collerone G Collerone says:

    Very academic book A person who does does Maya culture indepth would be better suited than the average Joe The Maya calendar is very complex I found myself having to keep notes to keep the terminology straight.


  9. Kevin Calhoun Kevin Calhoun says:

    Excellent book on the way that the Mayans calculated dates and the hocus pocus that exists on 12 21 12


  10. Christian Christian says:

    A good introduction to the Maya calendar and time in Mesoamerican culture.


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