FWFIW - I've largely passed that by in my world Yhe Gyhe-Ineat - there can't be a lunar calendar because there's no moon; there's a sort of grand bi-solar calendar - indicated by the use of the name of the "Sister-Sun" Balrevo prefixed to the name of the season. That separates the ordinary year and its seasons from the grand year and its seasons as augmenting the ordinary seasons - ie, Balrevo-Winter when augmenting ordinary winter, is a miniature ice age; while Balrevo-Summer augmenting Summer is a season-long heat-wave. The tidal effects are quite unpleasant as well. And since there's no moon, one can't divide the year up into moon-shaped slices. Instead, one uses the expression "hand of days" to break up the season into a manageable unit. And multiples thereof to manage larger units. On Thu, 02 Dec 2004 04:23, Geoff Horswood wrote: > Hi all, > > I'm trying to create an interesting calendar system for the Xinkutlan > culture- something totally unrelated to the standard Julian/Gregorian > model. I'm passingly familiar with some of the Ancient Near Eastern > calendars (Egyptian & Hebrew mostly, though I think I've some notes on the > Babylonian system somewhere...), and I've had a brief look at the Maya > calendar system, but I thought I'd put the question out there and see what > others have done. > > So: > > How do you arrange your calendar (assuming it's a non-standard one)? > Is it solar or lunar? If you have no moon, or multiple moons, how does > that affect the calendar system? If you have a lunar calendar, do you have > any way of tying it in to the (solar) agricultural year? > What about leap years? There are various ways of doing this, too: the > Hebrew calendar, IIRC, added a whole repeat month once every 4 years. > > What do you call your months? > What about days of the week? Do you name them after deities, have a "first > day, second day" system like Russian, name them after typical household > events ("washing-day, mending-day"...), what? > > Do you have any multiple-year cycles, like the Chinese (& Central Asian) > animal cycle? How does that work? > > Any information you could give me will broaden the possibilities- I'm > curious as to what others have done. > > Geoff -- Wesley Parish * * * Clinersterton beademung - in all of love. RIP James Blish * * * Mau e ki, "He aha te mea nui?" You ask, "What is the most important thing?" Maku e ki, "He tangata, he tangata, he tangata." I reply, "It is people, it is people, it is people."