How the May calendar works: decoding mathematical formulas and mechanisms

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After extensive research and analysis, scientists have finally determined how the Mayan calendar works. Now it has been deciphered, thanks to the study of artifacts and hieroglyphs of this people. SSPDaily talked about the formulas and mechanisms underlying this ancient calendar system.

Decoding the Mayan calendar

Through careful study of Mayan monuments and decoding of ancient inscriptions, scientists managed to collect the complex mechanisms of the Mayan calendar.

It is known that it is based on a combination of solar and lunar cycles and is used to keep track of time and predict celestial events. Mathematical calculations and astronomical observations played a crucial role in deciphering the complex mathematical formulas that made up the calendar.

How it works

To create the complex calendar system, the Maya used various components, including the Long Count, Tzolkin, and Haab. The Long Count is a linear counting of days from a fixed starting point, while the Tzolkin and Haab cycles provide a cyclical and accurate representation of time.

The Tzolkin is a sacred calendar based on two interconnected cycles of 13 and 20 days, and the Haab is a 365-day solar calendar. The combination and synchronization of these different cycles allowed the Maya to accurately track time and celestial events.

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