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Originally posted by alienstar
It all started with calculations and star movement along with building contraptions that could predict the star movements.Just my take as a guess.
I don't think this explains the Mayan's grasp of the 26,000 year cycles of our solar system
The Dresden Codex (Codex Dresdensis) is held in the Sächsische Landesbibliothek (SLUB), the state library in Dresden, Germany. It is the most elaborate of the codices, and also a highly important work of art. Many sections are ritualistic (including so-called 'almanacs'), others are of an astrological nature (eclipses, the Venus cycles). The codex is written on a long sheet of paper which is 'screen-folded' to make a book of 39 leaves, written on both sides. It was probably written just before the Spanish conquest. Somehow it made its way to Europe and was bought by the royal library of the court of Saxony in Dresden in 1739.
Originally posted by Buck Division
reply to post by Hanslune
I like that idea -- a Mayan Galileo -- lost in antiquity.
Perhaps this guy was just as smart as Galileo and imagined that the world might actually revolve around the sun, made sense of it all -- only to be rejected by the Mayan rulers and sacrificed. Not unlike Galileo himself.
Given the preoccupation that the Mayans had with astronomy, it doesn't seen like too big a stretch to imagine that, over the ages, someone figured things out perfectly. We can never know for sure.
Originally posted by Ua marine
i think its a good question... i also want to know the answer... i was wondering the same thing