How did Mayan astronomers know so much?How did Mayan astronomers know so much?

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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I don't think there is a problem with asking a lot of questions on Enotes, and I choose to give people the benefit of the doubt in terms of motives. As for answering the question, the heavens played a very prominent role in Mayan cosmology, as it did with many ancient peoples. Much of this had to do with the fact that farmers knew when to plant crops and based on the position of stars in the sky. So intense study of the skies was crucial, and eventually took on religious significance. Because it was so important to their worldview, they invested a great deal of time and energy in studying the skies, and were highly scrupulous in recording what they saw. 

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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They spent all their time watching the heavens.  Sure, they didn't have telescopes and such, but the sorts of observations they were making didn't need those.  All they needed was a lot of attention to detail and a lot dedication.  They had those things and so they came to know a great deal.

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najm1947 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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This is a very interesting question and the same has been bothering me a lot too. The peculiar temple alignments of Mayans have intrigued me, especially having read somewhere that one such alignment was with twin stars that were not even visible by naked eye, though I cannot recall where did I read that. And they used to have similar dancing rituals when they came in such alignment. Amazing!

I still don't have answers to all such questions. The only thing I knew was that their priests were astronomers too. Lot of information is available today on the Internet about Mayans but the question still remains unanswered completely. Surely they made intense studies of skies. But without any telescopes? Mind boggling!

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loraaa | Student | (Level 2) Valedictorian

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Loraa, you ask a lot of questions on Enotes. I didn't check, but I reckon you ask a new discussion question every single day. Now, that's fine, within reason. But if you are going to put a lot of expectations on Enotes, then I think it is fair for Enotes to ask a little of you. Could you PLEASE spend a little effort to give some wider description to your questions. 

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How did Mayan astronomers know so much?

Is that it? Is that is all you feel we are worth? What did Mayans know, in your opinion? Can we have a little context? Give your bare-bones questions a little meat! If you want us to answer your many, many questions then please respect us a little and allow us to feel that you are actually interested in the subject. If you can't be bothered to invest a little time and effort, then why should we?

Forgive me if my answer upsets you, but I have the very strong feeling that you are not asking questions in order to discover new answers, rather you are asking questions for the sake of asking questions.

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Loraa, you ask a lot of questions on Enotes. I didn't check, but I reckon you ask a new discussion question every single day. Now, that's fine, within reason. But if you are going to put a lot of expectations on Enotes, then I think it is fair for Enotes to ask a little of you. Could you PLEASE spend a little effort to give some wider description to your questions. 

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How did Mayan astronomers know so much?

Is that it? Is that is all you feel we are worth? What did Mayans know, in your opinion? Can we have a little context? Give your bare-bones questions a little meat! If you want us to answer your many, many questions then please respect us a little and allow us to feel that you are actually interested in the subject. If you can't be bothered to invest a little time and effort, then why should we?

Forgive me if my answer upsets you, but I have the very strong feeling that you are not asking questions in order to discover new answers, rather you are asking questions for the sake of asking questions.

Amen, Brother Braveheart! That needed saying!

 

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beefheart | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 3) Honors

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Loraa, you ask a lot of questions on Enotes. I didn't check, but I reckon you ask a new discussion question every single day. Now, that's fine, within reason. But if you are going to put a lot of expectations on Enotes, then I think it is fair for Enotes to ask a little of you. Could you PLEASE spend a little effort to give some wider description to your questions. 

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How did Mayan astronomers know so much?

Is that it? Is that is all you feel we are worth? What did Mayans know, in your opinion? Can we have a little context? Give your bare-bones questions a little meat! If you want us to answer your many, many questions then please respect us a little and allow us to feel that you are actually interested in the subject. If you can't be bothered to invest a little time and effort, then why should we?

Forgive me if my answer upsets you, but I have the very strong feeling that you are not asking questions in order to discover new answers, rather you are asking questions for the sake of asking questions.

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astrosonuthird | Student, Kindergarten | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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The Mayans spend all their time in watching the space from the Earth.

And they are very intelligent.

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