The Lunar Mansions Two Disputed Extensions

Besides this tremendous spread across Eurasia and Africa, according to DHK, there is a strong body of evidence that a version from northern India reached Mesoamerica (probably Guatemala) and became a component in the invention of the Mesoamerican calendar, perhaps in the 2nd century a.d. The invention of the Mesoamerican calendar seems to have involved components from at least four different Asian systems, combined to create an interlocking system of repetitive elements in a 18,980-day cycle, tied to an era base (see §12.2). One of the parts of this system is a list of 20 days. These include animal names that correspond in sequence and largely in position with a recontructed list of the prototype of the Indian-SE Asian-Chinese 28-animal list, omitting the domesticated animals of the latter list. These correspondences suggest that the 20-day sequence of Mesoamerica is a deliberate modification of a 28-lunar mansion series (Kelley 1960; Moran and Kelley 1969; Stewart 1974). DHK has also argued that a version of this Mesoamerican calendar spread into the Pacific and was further modified to become the Eastern Polynesian system of nights of the noon. For a fuller discussion of Kelley's unorthodox opinions both on the invention of the Mesoamerican calendar and on Mesoamerican chronology, see §12.3.

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