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This introduction provides an overview of the Mesoamerica civilisation. One of the most fascinating aspects of civilisations in Mesoamerica is the concept of time and the many calendars. The theoretical and empirical objective of this book is to investigate and analyse the ritual practice of time of certain calendars observed by selection of cultures in Mesoamerica. The Mesoamerican ritual calendars of time are the subject of the analysis of the book. Rituals are accordingly both poly-semantic and poly-functional. The purpose of the calendar is to reckon or compute time over extended periods for time keeping. The meaning of the ritual practice of time can accordingly be perceived in relation to the story of the cosmogony. The cosmology is outlined at the creation of the world, which explains primordial ordering of time and space. A sociological analysis of ritual practice of time is moreover intimately connected to power and politics.

Keywords: Mesoamerica civilisation; Mesoamerican ritual calendars; ritual practice

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