View of the Milky Way from above.
When viewed from above the Milky Way looks like a spiral galaxy.
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Mayans seem to have thought of the
as the mystic road along which
souls walk into the underworld. Crossing the Milky Way at the constellation
is the ecliptic, the apparent path of the
they move against the background of
The ecliptic was depicted as a
two-headed sky-serpent with its body marked with astronomical signs. Mayans
tracked their creation stories in relation to the movement of the stars across
They believed that the point at which the Milky way appeared as a
vertical band in the night sky represented both the growth of the maize stalk
and the moment of creation.
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