scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 1,039
The Maya Calendar The Maya calendar in its final form probably dates from about the 1st century BC It is extremely accurate and the calculations of Maya priests were so precise that their calendar correction is 10000th of a day more exact than the standard calendar we use today They used 20-day months and had two calendar years the 260-day Sacred Round or tzolkin and the 365-day Vague Year or haab These two calendars coincided every 52 years The 52-year period of time was called a bundleand was the same to the Maya as our century is to us The Sacred Round of 260 days is composed of two smaller cycles the numbers 1 through 13 coupled with 20 different day names Each of the day names is represented by a god who carries time across the sky thus marking the passage of night and day The day names are Imix Ik Akbal Kan Chicchan Cimi Manik Lamat Muluc Oc Chuen Eb Ben Ix Men Cib Caban Eiznab Cauac and Ahau In the 260-day tzolkin time does not run along a line but moves in a repeating circle similar to a spiral The two cycles of 13 and 20 intermesh and are repeated without interruption Thus the calendar would begin with 1 Imix 2 Ik 3 Akbal and on to 13 Ben after which the cycle continues with 1 Ix 2 Men etc This time the day Imix would be numbered 8 Imix and the last day in this 260-day cycle would be 13 Ahau It is believed the 260-day cycle may tie several celestial events together including the configuration of Mars appearances of Venus or eclipse seasons The Vague Year or haab of 365 days is similar to our calendar consisting of 18 months of 20 days each with an unlucky five-day period at the end The calendar of 365 days had to do primarily with the seasons and agriculture
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA