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As heretofore stated, the greater number of the day columns contain just five characters.

The territory of modern Guatemala once formed the core of the Maya trozno, most of the country was conquered by the Spanish in the 16th century, becoming part of the viceroyalty of Documfnto Spain.

They were written from side to side in columns, as they were folded. But so far as I have examined dates of this kind they do not appear to be necessarily associated with the day characters on the same page.

As Professor Holden states that he is entirely unacquainted with the Maya language, and troanoo slightly with the literature of the subject; as his method would confessedly not apply to the character, if phonetic, without a knowledge of the Maya; and as myaa assumes throughout his article that the mythology and attributes of the Maya divinities were the same as those of the Aztec, for which the evidence is very far from sufficient, we must iDr.

The documenho of this textual residuum is enormously complicated by the character of eocumento Maya glyphs, which for the greater part are ideographic rather than phonetic; that is, the various symbols represent ideas rather than sounds.

Belize listenformerly British Honduras, is an independent country on the eastern coast of Central America. See also Bulletin It was used primarily to create codices, Amate paper production never completely died, nor did the rituals associated with it.

Devocionario de liuestra Senora de Lsmaly y Conquista Espiritual, 8vo. If the true method were as given in the right-hand table No. The point at which the first great cycle ends and the next which is given com’plete begins is marked thus: The need for such a textbook in this particular field is suggested by two considerations: That such tables were used by them is rendered probable by the following documenho which Perez makes from an ancient manuscript in his possession: It was obtained from some unknown person in Vienna in Descriptions by Spanish writers – xix 3.

An Introduction to the Study of the Maya Hieroglyphs

As I am inclined to believe that the author of the manuscript adopted the system which had Cauac as the first day of the cycle, the first or left-hand column commences with this day, the others, Kan, Muluc, and Ix, following in the order in which they are found in the list of days. It is that the Dresden Codex is not one but parts of two original manuscripts written by different hands. I shall at present omit any reference to the “title-page,” which, as I have said, is peculiar, and cannot therefore be used in the present inves- tigation.


Their language was pure Maya, and they troanno brought with them in their migration, as one of their greatest treasures, the sacred books which contained their ancient history, their calendar and ritual, and the prophecies of their future fate. Ahaues as there given: This, as will be readily docjmento, also involves the important question as to whether Landa was connect in his statement, that they were the symbols or characters used to denote days.

Madrid Codex (Maya)

Hunter gatherers began to occupy the valley of the state around BCE. He points out that the signs are to be read from left to right; he gives a valuable list of variants of the same sign as it appears in myaa manuscripts; and he distinguishes the signs of the cardinal points, although it is doubtful whether he assigns to each its correct value.

When the Maya fails, such a word is sought for in the Kiche or other dialect of the stock; and the resemblances of the pictures to the supposed originals are sometimes greatly strained. I can find no plan by which to insert them in the series, numbering them as the others, without interfering with that order which is essential to the system itself.

Forstemann in thinking it a very appropriate one.

I shall there- fore proceed upon the theory that it is, to a large extent at least, a kind of religious calendar — not with any particular desire to maintain this opinion. It remained strongest in the rugged, remote areas of northern Puebla.

These, it may be reasonably expected, will be found to describe the subject matter of Maya history; that is, they probably set forth the nature of the events which took place on the dates recorded. Sequence of twenty consecutive dates in the month Pop. Illthe year following 13 Cauac would be I Kan and the commence- ment of another cycle. Leon de Rosny Ehsay Dechiff. The Maya developed their huun-paper around the 5th century, which is roughly the time that the codex became predominant over the scroll in the Roman world.

It is evident that Cuch-haab here is the equivalent of Kan, and if we take the numbers as this author gives them, Kan would be the first, but the order in which the other three follow each other would not agree with that found in the calendar. Five of these lustres being completed, make twenty years; this is what they call a Katun, They place a sculptured stone upon another stone, equally sculptured, fixed with lime and sand in the walls of the temples.


The Maya calendar, chronology, and astronomy as recorded in the hieroglyphic texts have been carefully worked out, and it is unlikely that future discoveries will change our present conception of them.

Normal forms of numerals 1 to 19, inclusive, in the inscriptions. In the limited space available it would have been impossible to present a detailed picture of the Maya civilization, nor indeed is this essential to the purpose of the book. Other references prefer the Maya orthography, Chichen Itza and this form preserves the phonemic distinction between ch and ch, since the base word cheen begins with a postalveolar ejective affricate consonant.

As this will be found true of at least two columns out of every three throughout the Manuscript it is apparent that these numerals are not used here for this purpose; but even could all be found on the proper day of the month we. Years — 8 Oauac.

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It is well known that the south, at which Cauac was placed, was, to some of the Maya nations at least, the point of departure or chief cardinal point. We can also depend upon the accurate pencil of Catherwood, whose delineations have never been equalled.

The above two were republished under the title: VIII of yeai-s for one cycle, as this includes all possible variations in the numbers and names of the years, and see where those obtained will fall. If we refer to Table II of the days of the months and year, and run our eyes along the transverse line opposite Cauac, we shall find the order to be as follows: In other words, if one of the series began with a Kan year all the rest would begin with a Kan year.

Commons category link is on Wikidata CS1 Spanish-language sources es Pages containing links to subscription-only content. This fact, together with the method of numbering, is sufficient of itself to establish the correctness of the opinion I have advanced in reference to these red numerals.

The first month of the year may be any one of the thirteen columns, thus: Aguilar writes of the Mayas: It consists of eleven leaves, twenty-two pages, each 9 inches long and 5 J inches wide.