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Maya and Aztec Calendars

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Mesoamerican civilizations devised complex calendar systems, using both observed cycles in the physical world and mythical phenomena to tell time.Β 

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Each day or week had patron deities which governed people and events and represented significant themes.Β 

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The Aztec Sun Stone maps the cosmology of these deities who presided over different periods of the ancient calendar.

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The Haab (Solar) calendar of the Maya also accounted for the importance of gods, numbers, and signs.Β 

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The calendar was made up of 365 days, split into 18 months of 20 days each, plus five unlucky days.

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