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About 2012therealdeal

I am a writer and a school librarian who has a passion for all things Maya.

The Maya Ballgame: When the term “Sudden Death” has a whole new meaning.

Imagine the scene.  The stands are packed. The crowd is glued to every move made on the court. Elite athletes focused.  A ball hurtles toward the dirt, your hero dives for it, deflecting the heavy rubber ball with his shoulder. … Continue reading

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Glossary

These are some of the words used in stories and other works about the Maya that you might come across. GLOSSARY baktun  — A period in the Maya long Count of 144, 000 days or approximately 394.5 years. cacao — … Continue reading

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Rainforests into Milpas

Rainforests into Milpas Aj Kun Aya crouches in the near silence of dawn and stares towards the east. The bitter smell of smoke and burnt wood lingers on a heavy mist left behind by the last night’s rain. The forest … Continue reading

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Hunaphu Rising

Ah Hun Pakal stares out the great eastern doorway of the priests’ residence. The sky above the main temple is still black, but just along the horizon a deep purple begins to tease his eyes into believing the sun will … Continue reading

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Maize and Water to feed the gods

The Maya used the stars to help them keep track of time. They especially watched for the Morning Star, which we know is the planet Venus, but they associated with the god Hunahpu. When it rose in the early morning … Continue reading

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The Maya and Time

To the Maya, keeping track of time was a sacred obligation. They believed that a unique retinue of gods ruled over each day. As the sun set each evening, the god who governed that day’s events passed the burden of … Continue reading

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The Maya Calendar

So how did the Maya calendar work? Actually, the Maya used two different calendars. Because the weather where the Maya lived didn’t go from cold to hot like the weather in large parts of North America where the United States … Continue reading

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