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.

Maya

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

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

Explore the World!

~Emma

About Emma (139 Articles)
Student of Egyptology. Huge Tomb Raider fan. Little Croft is my nickname because i am a short version of Lara long braid and all. But I am me not her! LOL! Explorer. World Traveller. Writer. Languages. I enjoy web developing, meeting new friends, having a true blast in the Tomb Raider fan circle. I never get mad. I like to laugh. Have fun. Always learning. Family is an important factor in my life. I do not waste precious time being angry, catty, gossipy, hateful nor a troublemaker. If you are a mean, hateful person, I will just stop talking to you. *waves goodbye whilst smiling* Being nice is good. So, stop by and say hi if you drop in. I would love to hear from you!

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