To the Aztecs, calendars were not merely a way to keep time. Every day had religious significance and calendars were a major part of Aztec life and philosophy. Like the Mayans and other Mesoamericans, the Aztecs believed that the world was in a constant cycle of creation and destruction.
The Aztec calendars were a variation of the older Mayan calendars, but the Aztecs’ calendars were not as precise. On an Aztec calendar, one date can refer to multiple times of year. Because of this, researchers disagree about the dates of several historical Aztec events. But the calendars still marked the religious activities of the Aztecs, who believed that daily action was needed to maintain the delicate equilibrium of their universe and their gods.
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