Mayan astronomy

Oct 2014
United States
Where can I find some good basic information on Mayan astronomy? Its history, names for stars, planets, constellations etc. or any famous Mayan astronomers as well would be great.


Ad Honorem
Jun 2012
Hello marx8 good to see someone with interest in the Maya civilization,
Im not trying to play the smart guy but Mayan means the language spoke by these peoples and Maya the civilization though that if you write Mayan will be easier to find on this civilization on the Internet,
now on books here some examples.

[ame=""] Star Gods of the Maya: Astronomy in Art, Folklore, and Calendars (The Linda Schele Series in Maya and Pre-Columbian Studies) (9780292752269): Susan Milbrath: Books@@AMEPARAM@@[/ame]

[ame=""] Time and Reality in the Thought of the Maya (The Civilization of the American Indian Series) (9780806123080): Miguel Leon-Portilla, Francis La Flesche: Books@@AMEPARAM@@[/ame]

[ame=""]Skywatchers : A Revised and Updated Version of Skywatchers of Ancient Mexico: Anthony F. Aveni: 9780292705029: Books@@AMEPARAM@@[/ame]

I hope this helps


Ad Honorem
Dec 2010
Oregon coastal mountains
The Aveni books are good, he writes well and covers the astronomy aspect thoroughly.
Oct 2015
The Maya are something I've got loads of books on. Eric Thompson was the most influential mayanist for decades. He and his colleagues were convinced(and convinced most others)that the Maya were a mostly peaceful folk obsessed with the stars. They were great(for the time)astronomers but you must be care full not to exaggerate this. Thompson was mostly wrong.
What they were really obsessed with was realpolitik and conquest, war and material gain.