The Wayeb’

The five unnamed days at the end of the Haab’ calendar are called the “Wayeb’,” This period of time was believed to be a very dangerous time to the Maya. It was believed that during the five day period of the Wayeb’, the passageways between the mortal realm and the realm of the underworld opened up. This left no boundaries that prevented the ill-intending spirits and deities from creating havoc and causing disasters to happen. During this time, the Maya had customs they followed and practiced certain rituals to ward…

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The Maya Haab’ Calendar

A very important calendar that the Maya used was called the Haab’. The Haab’ is a secular calendar that has no religious or spiritual basis associated with it.  This calendar simply counts a solar year of 365 days. Unfortunately, this calendar does not account for the extra quarter-day each year it takes the Earth to revolve around the sun. Our modern calendar corrects for this calculation offset by adding an extra day to February every four years, making a ‘Leap Year.’ The Maya didn’t calculate for the orbital offset on…

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Reading the Maya Long Count Date

The Maya Long Count Date consists of three calendars. In Maya dating, the date reads ‘longest to shortest’ from left to right. Beginning on the very left, the ‘Long Count’ calendar date is written first, then the ‘Tzolkin calendar date’ and then lastly, the ‘Haab calendar date’.  Meaning, the Maya written date starts with the longest calendar’s count on the left, and then the ‘Tzolkin date’ is written, and then the ‘Haab date’. For example, using the Maya calendar numbering system, a typical date would read as: “13.0.0.0.0 / 4 Ahau / 8…

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