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The Original Mayan Calendar

  • Golden Drum 97 Green Street, G1 Brooklyn, NY, 11222 United States (map)


The Tzolk’in and Haab’ - the 260 and the 365-k’in cycles - were embedded in K’atun and Ba’ktun cycles of the Long Count. But, what were the underlying conditions of this refined clockwork? How can a 365-day system adjust to a 365.25-day year?

In this workshop, learn:

  • The Role of the Four Cardinal Yearbearers in keeping track of days and years without any slippage of days, and the responsibility of humans in making sure this happens.

  • The Role of Venus and Moon in keeping track of K’atun cycles and Bak’tun cycles.

  • How Fray Diego de Landa’s misinterpretation of the Anniversary of Creation affected the widespread notion that July 26th is the Mayan New Year.

  • How the European Leap Day has made the Mayan Calendar suffer an incremental slippage of days that is making Aj q’ijab’ timekeepers uneasy.

  • The Mayan astronomic information that helped recover the Original Mayan Calendar.

  • The Yucatec, Itza, K’iche and Kaqchikel versions of the Ja’ab (365-k’in) Calendar.

  • How to tune-in with the Original Pan-Mesoamerican Tzolk’in Calendar.

  • What is our responsibility in delivering the original Mayan calendars to their keepers.

Geraldine Patrick 

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Geraldine Patrick Encina, with Mapuche and Celtic ancestry, is a fourth year Scholar in Residence at the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
Geraldine contributes to the Original Caretakers Program of the Center from her fifteen-year research about Mesoamerican Conceptions of Time and Space, from which have emerged publications and workshops about the astronomical, ecological and ceremonial cycles observed by the Mayan and the Mexica (or Aztec) thanks to their Calendars. Geraldine’s purpose is to provide spaces of reflection for indigenous and allied, like-minded, communities that want inspiration from ancestral cosmovision, philosophies and wisdom of those original peoples that lived respecting bio-cultural rhythms.

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