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Cycles of the sun, mysteries of the moon : the calendar in Mesoamerican civilization

Author: Vincent Herschel Malmström
Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
"Engagingly written revisionist argumentation regarding the ancient origins of the 'Maya' calendars, which this author posits to have originated in Izapa, Soconusco, and then spread to other peoples of Mesoamerica. Draws from intensive interdisciplinary research in astronomy, history, and geography to identify the 'calendars' cradle' on the Pacific slope and to trace their diffusion over time and space. Also relies  Read more...

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Malmström, Vincent Herschel, 1926-
Cycles of the sun, mysteries of the moon.
Austin : University of Texas Press, 1997
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Vincent Herschel Malmström
ISBN: 0292751966 9780292751965 0292751974 9780292751972
OCLC Number: 34354774
Description: xiii, 282 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Questions, hypotheses, and assorted detours --
Humans and environment in the Americas --
Strange attraction : the mystery of magnetism --
New windows on the world : working the land and sailing the sea --
The Olmec dawning --
The Long Count : astronomical precision --
Calendar reform and eclipses : the place of Edzná --
The golden age --
The twilight of the gods --
Dawn in the desert : the rise of the Toltecs --
People of the Pleiades : the Aztec interlude --
The long journey : a retrospective.
Responsibility: by Vincent H. Malmström.


The simple question 'How did the Maya come up with a calendar that had only 260 days?' led the author to discover an unexpected 'hearth' of Mesoamerican culture. This book sets forth his view of the  Read more...


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"Never have I been so impressed and excited as I was after perusing Malmstrom's book. It has everything ... an exciting revisionist thesis ... and truly important conclusions." --Terry G. Jordan, Read more...

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