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The Ancient Maya Sky: Cosmology and Creation Revealed and Revitalized

March 5, 2020 @ 7:00 pm EST

Adler Planetarium
1300 S Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605 United States

AIA Society: Chicago

Lecturer: Elizabeth I. Pope

The Ancient Maya have long been recognized as expert astronomers who closely tracked and documented the movements of celestial bodies. This was not merely for scientific inquiry but reflects a worldview where the night sky was the realm of supernatural beings upon which all life depended. Within the changing patterns of the celestial realm, the ancient Maya saw a narrative of the creation of the cosmos displayed. In this way, the sacred time of creation was ever present, ensuring the perpetuation of the original cosmic design.

Focusing on ancient Maya representations of the celestial realm displayed in works of art, architecture, and ritual performance, this lecture will present Maya depictions and interpretation of the night sky. Furthermore, it will explore how the creation mythology revealed in celestial realm was a touchstone for Maya kings as an expression of sacred authority, and asserted the essential connection between the human world and the supernatural realm.

Webster Lecture

The Webster Lecture is free but requires an advanced ticket reservation. Tickets will be available online beginning Thursday, February 27, please check the Adler Planetarium website to make reservations.

Exclusive free tickets for AIA members to the Webster lecture! Now available at this link: Limit two tickets per order. Please do not wait too long, as tickets will become available to the general public by Feb. 27.

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March 5, 2020
7:00 pm EST
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Matt Baumann


Adler Planetarium
1300 S Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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