The Maya civilization has long given us a mysterious and unfathomable impression. Date back to 300 B.C. or more, a highly developed Maya civilization emerged in the present day Yucatan Peninsula of Central America. The Maya had their unique hieroglyphic writing and they adopted the concept of ˇ§zeroˇ¨ in calculation 800 years earlier than the Europeans. With the knowledge of mathematics, they built the most ancient observatory to record the rising and setting positions of the Sun, the Moon and other celestial bodies. Even before telescopes and fraction calculations were invented, they had already accurately predicted the occurrence of total solar eclipses and created a calendar based on the cycle of the Sun.
Unfortunately, in the 16th century, due to the invasion of the Spanish, the Maya civilization was destroyed and even vanished, the wealth of which was thus buried in the forest. It was not until the mid-20th century that archaeologists set foot in this green forest and the relevant historical remains were brought to light again. However, the Maya civilization had already become an enigmatic and ancient legend.
Our brand new Sky Show ˇ§Tales of the Maya Skiesˇ¨ will together with the audience unveil the mystery of the Maya civilization, witness an ancient legend of the creation of the world, admire the remarkable achievements of the Maya in astronomy and mathematics as well as learn how science, art and myths were interwoven to create a brilliant ancient civilization once spanning 2000 years.
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Located in an ancient Maya city Chichén ltzá, a pyramid was named after the Feathered Serpent God Kukulkan. The Maya believed that the god would bring the rainy season and hence a good harvest. It was their most adored god.
In the eyes of the Maya, the constellation of Orion was a turtle carrying three stones on its back. They were like the hearthstones of their cooking fires which formed a triangle, lying at the centre of their homes. Apart from cooking,
they can be used for worship purpose.
Legend has it that the Sun and the Moon were twin brothers who ventured into the underworld to play a ball game with the Lords of Death. They defeated these Lords and saved their fatherˇ¦s soul. Later, their father was reborn as the God of Corn (in the middle of the picture).
The Mayan astronomy can be dated back for over two thousand years. Awed by Venus, the Maya had accurate observation of the planet. They built the observatory El Caracol for studing Venus. The direction of the grand staircase of the observatory aligns with the most northerly position of Venus in the sky.
The Maya mathematics adopted a number system with base 20. In the picture are the symbols for 1 to 20.
With exalted position, the Maya priests were responsible for astronomical observation. One of their extraordinary accomplishments was their ability to predict a total solar eclipse accurately which can be seen from the same place, on average, only once in 370 years.
Show Period :
November 2012 - 29 April 2013
Stanley Ho Space Theatre
Admission Fees :
Front stalls $24, Stalls $32 (Standard)
Front stalls $12, Stalls $16 (Concession)
Concession is applicable to full-time students, people with disabilities and senior citizens aged 60 or above
- Children under 3 years old will not be admitted