Research Report – Mayan CalendarAuthor: kaptinkobe15 | Filed under: research report
The Mayan Calendar
BY Kobe C
Mysterious and tricky to read. Are you good at solving mysteries? The Mayan Calendar was made in the fifth century BC. It is very old and the Mayans had to be very smart to make it. The Mayans lived in Mexico and were skillful warriors. The calendar has pictures of their gods too. Along with the calendar came the Mayan’s predictions. The calendar is very complicated and most people do not know how to read it. The calendar has many of us guessing what the calendar is made of, all of the reasons for making it, and if their prophecies are are true.
The Calendar Was Made
There are many ways the Mayans made their calendar. The Mayans were brilliant astronomers who used the moon to make the calendar. The Moon’s lunar cycle made up the average month(Geoff). There were 365.242 days in a lunar year according to the calendar(Geoff). The Mayans kept track of the Moon’s movement and wrote it down on the calendar. Some of their predictions were based on their gods(Carlos). Haab is the actual name of the Mayan Calendar.The Mayans used stone and clay to make the calendar(Wikipedia). But, it is not really known what their primary source was. It’s amazing how the Mayans were so advanced in their technology. They are so smart and creative.
Reasons for the Calendar
The Mayans Made the calendar for many useful reasons. One of the reasons was to keep track of the days(Geoff). The calendar also helped keep track of the seasons(Geoff). Knowing the season was useful when planting crops. If it was the wrong season for your crops they would die. The calendar also helped keep track of their prophecies. They would also know when important events would happen. Some of their important events were rituals for the gods(Carlos). Another useful thing was that the Mayans would know when rainy season was coming or a drought was coming.
The Accurate Predictions
The lunations and year predictions are scientificly proven. Scientists have looked at the Moon and saw that that the Mayans were correct when looking at the Moon(Geoff). The calendar was made in the fifth century BC. That’s pretty old, So maybe the calendar can have some flaws in it. We do not know much about their predictions. We do not know if their predictions were ever correct. We do not even know how they came up with their predictions. All we know they could have guessed and it would completely wrong.
2012 The Disaster
2012 is probably one of the Mayan’s biggest predictions. The world is supposed to end on December 21, 2012(Wikipedia). There will be tsunamis,volcanic eruptions,earthquakes, and floods. It is also one of the most well know prediction in the world! This is a very contreversial topic and many people do not believe it(Wikipedia). For that reason no one really knows if it will happen. Can all of this destruction happen all in once? We will just have to wait and see.
I think that the Mayans were very intelligent and had their own way of keeping track of days. I learned how the Mayan Calendar had many reasons to it. I was really surprised when I heard what would happen in 2012. That is so destructive! I would like to learn more about the other types of calendars that were being made across the world in the same time period.
1. Stray,Geoff.The Mayan and Other Ancient Calendars . New York: Walker Publishing company, 2007
2. “Mayan calendar” Wikipedia 20:04,12,January,2011 Jan 13, 2011 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayacalendar
3. “2012 phenomenom” Wikipedia 9:49 13 January,2011,jan 14. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_phenomeenom>
4. Barrios, Carlos. The book of Desteney Unlocking the Secrets of the Ancient Mayas and the Prophecy of 2012 New York: Harpper Collins,2009
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