Mayan Calandar The True Story in a Video

Aztec Sun Disk
CC Thanks to Kim Bodia

End of the Word – Armageddon

Is it the end of the World?  Obviously not.  We’re still here.  So what is the truth behind the calendar and the history of the Mayans?

Rumors have flooded everyone’s imagination until any semblance of accuracy has been completely washed away.  Thanks to the Houston Museum of Natural Science the true meaning of the Mayan Calandar is explained in a detailed video that clearly explains their calendar, their beliefs, and what the end of the calendar meant.  It is a must watch video!

Mayan Calandar Video

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If you are impatient and can’t wait to find out what the end of the calendar means, skip forward to 19 minutes and watch from there!

In the Classroom

This can be shown in the classroom so that students understand the Mayan Calandar the true story in a video format to generate further learning.  Discussions can ensue based not only upon history, but on math number systems.  The Mayans did not use a base 10 number system.  Their religious and political beliefs can be discussed.  The impact of the calandar upon their agriculture.  Their water systems and choice of location for settlements,  their understanding of the stars and their relationships to the rest of the galaxy, and even discussion on the technology used for the making of the video can be brought up.

Ideas for the Classroom

Compare/Contrast Mayan vs …(modern)

  • Mayan Calandar and Roman Calandar
  • Mayan number system and Base 10
  • Naming of Stars of and Stellar Relationships
  • Purpose of Astronomy
  • Agricultural Cycles
  • Purpose of Books/Tablets
  • Writing Systems
  • Mayan Observatories and Modern Observatories
  • Locations of cities
  • Purpose of Religious Leaders
  • God/Gods
  • Relationship of Seasons and the Gods and Stars
  • Water Management
  • Purpose of Temples
  • New Year
  • Milky Way
  • Resource Management
  • Culture

Technology

Describe and study:

  • Animation
  • Layering
  • Composites
  • Transitions
  • Video Effects and fx
  • Audio Mix and Tracks
  • Color management (HDR, curves, etc) – especially noticeable in the cloudy skies

This definitely ranks in the list of current events that can be tied in with history and science!

Note: photo attached is Aztec not Mayan.  Who noticed?