Mundo Maya Blog
About this blog
Travelers to Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras in 2012 can expect a yearlong celebration of Maya culture, past and present—and Moon Maya 2012 author Joshua Berman is blogging about all of it.
- Maya 2012: A Round-up of Celebrations in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize & Honduras
- Reporting for National Geographic on Maya winter solstice in Belize
- Maya calendar cycle celebrated throughout Central America
- Feliz B'aktun! The New Dawn is Here: The First Sunrise in Caracol, Belize
- Maya Calendar 101: What Does “December 21, 2012” Really Mean?
- Gifts for Mayaphiles
- Books on the Maya: Suggested Reading for 2012
- Izapa Sunrise Story by Mary Jo McConahay
- Tranquilo Radio Tour 2012: Seven hours straight of talking about travel
- Tune in this Wednesday! Maya 2012 author Josh Berman on a radio show near you!
- End Maya-Aztec calendar confusion now!
- Q&A with Maya Experts on Satellite Imagery of Archaeological Sites
- Maya response to 'doomsday' 2012 stories
- Only a couple of rooms left for "The Great Return: Copan 2012" tour of a lifetime!
- 5 Questions about Traveling in the Mundo Maya for Rafael Garcia
End Maya-Aztec calendar confusion now!
Come on, people, we can clear this up right now! For years, designers and editors of articles and books about the Maya have mistakenly used the Aztec calendar round (the one with the face and four directions in its middle) to represent the Maya calendar. Not only is the physical appearance of the two calendar rounds different, but so were the Maya and Aztec calendar systems and the time spans represented in the graphics above (which, by the way, I found on the Museum of Belize facebook page). For one excellent explanation of the difference between the two, and to learn more about why they are so often confused, read Master Mayanist David Stuart's book,The Order of Days: The Maya World and the Truth About 2012 (Harmony, 2011). In the meantime, study the graphic above, head out into the wild world of publishing to see if you can find the Aztec calendar erroneously labeled as Maya—then let the editor know.