"Great and Venerable Mechanism of the Universe"
AZTEC   CALENDAR
For those of you that would like to understand the Native Calendar a little better, there is an animation at the bottom of the page that show how the gears turn.  The first thing to realize is that the calendar count was universal to the Americas, used by the Zapotec, Huastec, Toltec, Aztec, Maya, Nahuas, etc... and utilizes the same mechanics.  The Aztec Calendar is no less accurate than the Mayan Calendar and conversely.

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This animation of the Native Time-keeping System follows the concepts as explained in Aztec Calendar Handbook. The basis for this meshing-gear interpretive representation is derived from written impressions of 16th century eyewitnesses and so configured to follow those rules.   The icon that is refered to as the Aztec Calendar is in fact from Toltec science arriving at Tenochtitlan from Cholula in 1375, originating from Teotihuacan before that.  It is the calendar of the Fifth Sun, whose days were counted in darkness.  It began when two self-sacrificing human messengers were transformed into spirits and woke up the Sun and Moon, thus saving the Earth.

This animation is 330K file size.   If you are on dail-up, it takes a few extra seconds to download.

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