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The Americas

  • Alexus McLeodEmail author
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Part of the Historical & Cultural Astronomy book series (HCA)

Abstract

The astronomy of the ancient Americas was focused mainly on the heliacal rising and setting of important astronomical objects linked with agriculture, mythology, and other elements of life. The cosmology, philosophy, and general worldview of people of the Americas informed their view of the significance of various astronomical objects and phenomena. In this chapter I focus on the Maya of Central America and the people of eastern North America. I also consider the possible effect of unusual astronomical phenomena such as supernovae on the thought of these cultures.

Keywords

Yucatan Peninsula Burial Mound Decimal System Human Sacrifice Gregorian Calendar 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of ConnecticutStorrsUSA

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