Ancient Mayan leaders on murals at Bonampak, Chiapas, Mexico
Maya Fifth Sun
Mayan Civilization | Calendar | History
Mayan Civilization, Calendar, History and Culture

Dreaming the Maya Fifth
Sun: A Novel of Maya
Wisdom and the 2012
Shift in Consciousness,

by Leonide Martin
(Infinity Publishing, 2006)
Vivid blend of ancient past and modern
--David Lionfire Leonard

Accurate details give insight into Maya
magic and mysticism.
--Aum Rak Sapper

Wakes us from life's dreams and
initiates solar spirituality.
--Hunbatz Men
Mayan Civilization
Mayan civilization is one of the greatest in the world. The earliest phase of Maya civilization began around 3000 BCE, a time when
ancient societies were emerging in Egypt, China, India, Mesopotamia, and Assyria. Large, complex Maya sites have been dated to
500-200 BCE. The ancient Maya were living in magnificent cities of stone with soaring pyramids and wide plazas decorated with
intricate carvings as the Roman Empire was fading. The Mayas developed the most accurate calendars known, mastered astrology
and mathematics, and produced exquisite art on ceramics and murals. Their great Classic society reached its apex as Europe was
plunged into the Dark Ages. Engineering accomplishments spanning over 100 centuries were not rivaled by modern civilizations
until the 19th century. Certain constructions using monolithic stone blocks, and buildings whose structure accurately mirrors solar,
lunar and stellar phenomena, still remain a mystery.

Mayan Calendar
The Maya were specialists in time. They developed over 17 calendars, each with a different purpose that guided the rhythms of
Mayan society. Now we marvel at the precision and complexity of these calendars, without understanding how they were actually
used. The solar calendar (Haab) calculated the year more accurately than our present one, but was based on a 360-day tun
(year). The sacred calendar (Tzolk’in) used a 20-day count matched with 13 numbers, but was purely numeric. The Long Count
gave each day unique numeric and glyph codes, covering unbelievable time spans, but the Maya stopped using it in the Terminal
Classic period. Only one stela contains glyphs for December 21, 2012, a date that may not be significant for the Maya. Why?

2012 prophecy is more a product of Western thinking than Mayan tradition. Why?
Find answers here:
Mayan Calendar

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Maya Fifth Sun
The Maya called an era a “sun” but the exact time span is not clear. In the Popul Vuh, the book of Mayan creation mythology, there
were 3 unsuccessful attempts at creating humans, and the gods were successful on the 4th attempt. Therefore, current humans
are the “fourth creation” and we are now living in the “fourth sun.” As this era draws to a close, we enter the “fifth sun” and a new
age or creation begins. But, does a sun refer to a cycle of 13 baktuns (5200 tun or 5125.26 solar years)? Or does a sun refer to a
much larger cycle of 5 of these 13-baktun cycles (26,000 tun or 25,626.28 solar years)? Another key question is when did the sun
cycle begin and end? Over 60 correlations to the Gregorian Calendar are proposed with a span of 600 years for the present 13-
baktun cycle.   For more information:
Maya Fifth Sun

Mayan Culture | History
Mayan-speaking people filled an area including all of the Yucatan peninsula, Guatemala, Belize, and parts of the Mexican states
Chiapas and Tabasco, and of Honduras and El Salvador. Throughout this large part of Mesoamerica are thousands of ancient
Mayan ruins with temples and palaces, carved monuments and hieroglyphic texts. About six million present-day descendants of the
ancient Maya still live in this area, speaking over 30 Maya dialects. Most of their written history was lost, when priceless codices
written on bark paper or deer hide were burned by Catholic friars in the 16th century.

Archeologists began serious exploration of these lost cities in the jungles in the 19th century. Now multidisciplinary teams use
advanced technology to study stones, bones, terrain, and artifacts. New reports give different views of ancient Maya life: ideas
have morphed from the peaceful astronomer-priest society of JES Thompson and Morley, through the warring city-states of Coe
and Grube, to the cooperative polities of Rice and Stuart. The scientists divide Maya culture into chronological periods:
Archaic - 3000 - 1800 BCE                            Postclassic - 950 – 1524 CE                          
Preclassic - 1800 BCE – 250 CE                   Postconquest - 1524 – 1697 CE    
Classic - 250 – 950 CE                                  Colonial - 1697 CE – present                      

Mayan Elders
Indigenous Mayan elders give another view of Mayan history. In their tradition, the original Mayas came from the Pleiades, and
their lineage developed through times in Lemuria and Atlantis. When Atlantis was destroyed, highly advanced teachers left with
small groups to reconstruct civilization in Egypt, India, Mesopotamia, China and Tamoachan (the central area of the Americas).
The teacher Itzamna came to the Yucatan area with the Itza people. They built early cities and taught the native peoples, who
eventually became known as the Mayas. Much of Maya knowledge and technological ability was passed down from higher stellar-
seeded civilizations. Common threads are found throughout early civilizations emerging around 3000 BCE.  Mayan elders now
teach these views of Mayan culture and history, and many Maya Mystery Schools have been established.  For more information:


Maya Yoga
There is much evidence that the ancient Maya knew and used yogic techniques. Art in Maya codices, on pottery and carved in
stone depicts postures, hand signs and meditation. In the shamanic tradition, information about the energy body and subtle
structures (chakras) has been passed through generations. These keepers of wisdom have techniques for altering states of
consciousness and accessing multiple dimensions. This long hidden knowledge is now taught in programs that include Maya
philosophy, cosmology and mystical insights. Called
Yok'hah Maya, it guides us to live harmoniously with rhythms of nature and
celestial cycles.
Ancient Mayan leaders portrayed on the
murals at Bonampak, Chiapas, Mexico.