|Mayan Writing ~ Codices. Maya
mayan writing and literature
mayan writing codex
mayan codices pictographs
How to Link to This Page
To link to this page from your website, simply cut and paste the following code to your web page.
It will appear on your page as:
Mayan Writing ~ Codices from www.lost-civilizations.net
The Mayans evolved the only true written system native to the
Americas and were masters of mathematics. Mayan writing - written system of Maya.
Mayan legacy in stone has survived in spectacular fashion at places
like Palenque, Tikal, Tulum, Chichen Iyza, Copin, and Uxmal.
The Maya developed a highly complex system of writing, using
pictographs and phonetic or syllabic elements. Mayan writing was
highly sophisticated. Most likely only members of the higher classes
were able to read their symbols.
Maya writing was composed of recorded inscriptions on stone and wood and used within architecture. Folding
tree books were made from fig tree bark and placed in royal tombs. Unfortunately, many of these books did
not survive the humidity of the tropics or the invasion of the Spanish, who regarded the symbolic writing (Mayan Writing) as
the work of the devil.
The Maya also carved these symbols into
stone, but the most common place for mayan writing was probably the highly
perishable books they made from bark paper, coated with lime to
make a fresh white surface.
These 'books' were screen-folded and bound with wood and deer hide.
They are called codices, codex is singular.
Because of their perishable nature and zealous Spanish book burning,
only four codices remain today.
The Dresden Codex
The Madrid Codex
The Paris Codex
The Grolier Codex
The contents of the codices must have varied, but some of them were
evidently similar to astronomic almanacs. We have examples of a
Venus table, eclipse tables in a codex in Dresden. There is a codex
in Paris that seems to contain some kind of Maya Zodiac, but if it is
and how it must have worked are still unknown.
Another major example of Maya almanacs or Maya writings are present in the Madrid Codex.
The fourth codex is called the Grolier and was authenticated as late as
1983. These codices probably contained much of the information used
by priests or the noble class to determine dates of importance or
seasonal interest. We can only speculate as to whether or not the
Maya developed poetry or drama that was committed to paper. The
codices probably kept track of dynastic information as well.
They had a voluminous literature, covering the whole range of native
interests either written, in their own peculiar "calculiform" hieroglyphic
characters, in books of maguey paper or parchment which were bound in
word, or carved upon the walls of their public buildings.
parchment books were publicly destroyed by Bishop Landa at Mani in
1562, others elsewhere in the peninsula, others again at the storming of
the Itz capital in 1697, and almost all that have come down to us are
four codices, as they are called, viz., the "Codex Troano", published at
Paris in 1869; another codex apparently connected with the first
published at Paris in 1882; the "Codex Peresianus", published at Paris in
1869-71; and the "Dresden Codex", originally mistakenly published as an
Aztec book in Kingsborough's great work on the "Antiquities of Mexico"
Besides these pre-Spanish writings, of which there is
yet no adequate interpretation, we have a number of later works written
in the native language by Christianized Maya, shortly after the conquest.
Several of these have been brought together by Brinton in his "Maya
Chronicles". The intricate calendar system of the Maya, which exceeded in
elaboration that of the Aztec, Zapotec, or any other of the cultured
native races, has been the subject of much discussion.
It was based on a
series of katuns, or cycles, consisting of 20 (or 24), 52, and 260 years,
and by its means they carried their history down for possibly thirteen
centuries, the completion of each lesser katun being noted by the
insertion of a memorial stone in the wall of the great temple at Mayapan.
page 1 (last)
boogie soogie, 14/01:
on a scale 1-10, i would give you a 4.567890321
I am also doing a report on the mayans for my class at CHS (cedartown high school). what I dont get is why the mayans went from peaceful to warlike people i would like 2 know why that is so. this would be greatly appriciated if someone could tell me.
hey whats good all my homies
i love hot chicks with ketchup
listen to the chicken wings, they will tell you the barbecue sauce!
I didn't find anything I wanted, but it was very interesting.
this waz so corney and dumd
lacey hockens, 19/02:
owow that was so corney owow it waz great to learn i really connected because im a mayan im very old i am 98 but this comes from my heart loved it
this was very helpful and interesting
This website is good but does not have an abundance of info. There are numerous websites with more info.
jahnelle , 20/11:
I think that this web-site was very helpful for my projects.
Timo Beil, 16/08:
I want to write this language . can you help ? than you timo . please help . my mail is : fernesland (at) mails dot at (AT at the end for austria)
. I want to write this language . can you help ?
This site has very little info. not very helpful.
i think that educating people of our great mayan history is good.
but, everyone knows that BELIZE has the richest mayan history.
Pictures of what the codices looked like would have been nice. Otherwise, very informative.
this really didn`t help me as much as i needed it just needs a little bit more explanations but it helped me a little
this pge helped alot with my project. :)
ancient - modern - advanced ~ communications are the only source.
real maya blood running thru my veins. I expected better than this.
This site really helped alot but it is rather bland,I suggest pics.
"mad mathematiks" all these other naturals aint got ishh on this race....... long live the quetzal.
need more pictures and less blah, blah
pictures of the codecs would have been nice.
im a babe, a lot of boys like me. do you like me? I like boys who r fantastic kissers! i have had a few terrible kisses! Disgusting! I am a hot kisser, call so you can kiss me! Toodles!
Hot Hot Gals I like, 08/02:
ew! I am witnessing a mother son fight on the computer, this is an aquard moment. call ,me gals
i am actually doing my home work! It is amazing! I like, never do my home work! thnx 4 helping me actually do work! I like, might get a passing grade on my maya report! YEAH!
I wish the maya was real!
cool web site & needs more info on it for a better understanding of what happened jks! great
Grissel Garcia, 06/11:
Great websit. I was done in like 10 min and that's good cus its like 10 at night lol
anthony mckenzie, 05/11:
i love this .this is so helpful and i like learning it.
this page has help me so much with my work
jony dep is so hot i gonna date him someday
. i love writing in mayan
I LOVE GREEN DAY!!! They're AWESOME!!!!
Chelsea d, 09/09:
Waz' up my homies?
yo yo yo. What's up my hommies!!!
. yo yo yo my hommies!!!
. This website rules!!!!
. I LOVE Michel Brooks!!!!!!!! He's HOT!!!!!
Only about 60% of the Mayan language has been deciphered so im afraid that you wont find any such dictionary in existence.
omg... thank you so much! i have a mini term paper coming up and this really helped a lot. If i didn't do this term paper id be in MEGA trouble! thnx. this is the exact research i needed.
thank you you really inspired us to learn more about the ancient mayan
im going 2 eat you
THIS SITE ROCKS!!!!!!
i found loads of info for research paper
Thank you so much this was for a report do in a day an ii lost my last info. so thanks so much for helping!
SmiLe* =], 12/04:
err..good web?? thx for the info...xD
great site i have gone on it before but never got the chance to write how i fell about it.
It definatly took alot of research.
this is a great site.....its helpful and cool!
Ashley- Shining stars
hi this site is cool
Me the Greenday Freak Again, 06/01:
F means freak meaning greenday freak by the way... yo
. Yo... Blvd. of Broken dreams is awesome....
Liz Hunny, 06/01:
Hi i love love love the lead singer of Greenday!!!!
(Billy Joe Armstrong)
Frustrated Student, 15/11:
I am looking for a way to write and read the Mayan language for a class project but only one site has something I could use but it won't help. All it tells me is how to write your name! I would like a site that gives me a heiroglyphic for each letter. Any suggestions?
I am writing a fictional novel that takes place in Mexico. I am trying to piece together a fictional message discovered in a fictional cave and I want the message to be put together in Mayan glyphs...out of deep respect for the culture and its wisdom and history I would like to have it as accurate as possible. Is there anyone that can aid me through email in this endeavor? Any help is greatly appreciated.
Emma cooke, 06/06:
you spelled cichen iyza wrong. it is spelled Chichen Itza it a fact i study the mayans
Norman C. Berns, 01/02:
Not even a very common misconception, you're just plain wrong that the Mayans “evolved the only true written system native to the Americas.”
The Mayans were, as far as we know, the first to do it. But Sequoia also invented a writing system for the Cherokee about 1820. His fame was so great he was given a lifetime annuity by the US Government. And we named the worlds largest tree after him.
Then, of course, we tried to wipe his tribe, but that's another story.
you are verty helpful Tank you bery much
I wanted to thank you all you helped me get a B on myu report in history on the Mayans and the different backgrounds of it.
Love Cierra a.k.a Lady Ce