Through a series of lectures, workshops, and a roundtable discussion, specialists at next year’s symposium will discuss our current understanding of the intricacies of Maya calendars and the relevance of the completion in December of 2012 of the final baktun of the current era of the Long Count within the worldview of the ancient and contemporary Maya. Divinatory almanacs and references to Maya creation mythology in the texts and iconography of pre-Columbian codices and the Colonial Books of Chilam Balam are among the topics that will be considered, with discussions centered on the role of creation stories and foundation events in Classic, Postclassic, and contemporary Maya rituals.
Featuring guest speakers from the fields of archaeology, art history, epigraphy, ethnohistory, linguistics, and archaeoastronomy, the 2009 symposium promises to be a memorable weekend spent exploring and discussing Maya creation mythology, divination and prophecy, and calendar systems. We hope you will join us in New Orleans next February for the Sixth Annual Maya Symposium and Workshop.
NEW ADDITIONS TO THE PROGRAM
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2009
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2009
9:30 am -12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
- Introductory workshop with Judith Maxwell, Sacred Space and Time: Modern and Colonial Conceptions of the 260-Day-Count Auguries, Spatial Display, and Ritual Practice
7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2009
9:00-9:15 AM Gabrielle Vail, Opening remarks
9:15-10:00 The Role of New Fire Ceremonies at Teotihuacan in Foundation Narratives at Copan and Other Classic Maya Kingdoms, William Fash, Alexandre Tokovinine, and Barbara Fash
10:00-10:45 The Lord of the Deer: Reconstructing a Lost Maya Myth, Marc Zender
10:45-11:00 REFRESHMENT BREAK
3:30-3:45 REFRESHMENT BREAK
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2009
9:30 - 12:00 pm Roundtable Discussion
Click here to view the abstracts and bios of the presenters.