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Day Signs of the Aztec Sacred Calendar Cards – 2002
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Found beneath Mexico City's central plaza in 1790, the Aztec Sun Stone reveals much about its creators' advanced grasp of mathematics and astronomy. It also shows them to have been obsessed with time, destiny and afterlife. This deck of intricately fashioned, boldly colorful cards offers a glimpse into the workings of that ancient calendar - a system of recording time that fused science and theology, reflecting a view of the universe almost unimaginably alien to our own.
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"This deck of intricately fashioned, boldly colorful cards offers a glimpse into the workings of that ancient calendar--a system of recording time that fused science and theology, reflecting a view of the universe almost unimaginably alien to our own.
"In the Aztec religious calendar, one of twenty symbols (e.g., ocelot, crocodile, knife) distinguished each day. Conceptually arranged as a wheel, the twenty days engaged with another wheel (think of a pair of gears) of thirteen numbered months. Where the gears engaged--a day sign and a number--determined the date. Gods benign and evil presided over each day, month, and year. By studying a child's birthday, Aztec seers could divine its future character and its potential for good or ill fortune.
"Sergio Cruz has brilliantly reinterpreted the calendar's day signs in glowing, iconic images that capture the power of the Aztec pantheon. Each card in this deck includes an explanation of its subject's symbolic significance; an accompanying pamphlet provides a glimpse into the unique belief system of a vanished culture.
●20 full-color cards, 6.5 X 6.5"
●4-page booklet explaining the history, theory, and significance of the two-tiered Mesoamerican religious calendar
●Cigar-box packaging, 6.75 X 6.75""--© Pomegranate