Ancient Lights

The sunlight was used by Mayan elites both as a survival tool and as way of showing their knowledge, which was only available for a few of them

International Year of Light Blog

For centuries, human beings have not only been simple spectators of the movement of celestial objects over the sky. All over the world, different cultures – regardless of the moment of history – have tried to understand and use the sky for their benefit.

For central American cultures such as the ancient Maya Civilization, the Sun was very important. They realized that each year, in the intertropical region they lived, there was a useful correlation between astronomical events and the weather: the Zenith Passage of the Sun.

Zenith Shadow disappearance during Zenith Sun Passage in Stela D, Copán – Honduras.

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