The Maya & Eclipses!

Maya glyphs from the Dresden Codex showing a dragon-like "star demon" about to devour the sun during an eclipse.

By now we all know about the forthcoming game, “Shadow of the Tomb Raider” So, we also know that it appears to be centered in Mesoamerica. The symbol of the eclipse connected to the new game had me excited. I have no idea at the moment how an eclipse ties into Lara Croft for this new game, or even if it does at all.

But what I do know is what the Maya thought about eclipses, and I thought I would share this fascinating fact and show the glyph connected in the Maya world to that very occurrence.

As in many (not all) ancient cultures, the Maya feared eclipses. They believed that an eclipse was caused by a “star demon” devouring the sun. Maya legends say these monsters are giant snakes or maybe even insects. Maya records clearly illustrate these “star demons” were, in fact, other planets. These planets are more visible when the sky is dark due to the eclipse. They saw something that wasn’t there as far as they knew and then suddenly it was. Not understanding what they were looking at, resulted in it feeding the legend that created fear in the Maya when an eclipse occurred.

Here is a glyph expressing an eclipse.

Thank you for reading this small info piece. A new article will be along in a few days.

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About Emma (M.Harris) (212 Articles)
I am a student of Egyptology and Mesoamerica. I am a writer and a Tomb Raider franchise ambassador sponsored by Crystal Dynamics and sent to E3 in 2018. My site is an award-winning Official Tomb Raider site from the Crystal Dynamics official fansite program, and I have been an official site since 2015. I am happy to say that my website has appeared in the game credits for "Rise of the Tomb Raider" as well as "Shadow of the Tomb Raider" I am a huge Tomb Raider fan that has a big taste for world travel and a natural sense for exploration and languages which is reflected through the vast amount of archaeology articles and artwork throughout my website. Thank you for visiting and bookmark my site. I update several times a month. This is Emma AKA (M. Harris) signing off and exploring new news about archaeology, art, languages, legends and much more from the real world and the world of Tomb Raider and Lady Lara Croft! Explore the World!

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