Breaking the Maya Code: From the Darkness to the Dawn


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Breaking the Maya Code: From the Darkness to the Dawn
The script, also known as the Maya glyphs was the writing system of the ancient Mayan civilization and is to date the only Mesoamerican writing system to have been deciphered by linguists and epigraphers. The language was lost to the world around the 16th century, as Spanish Colonists demanded that the Mayan language be sacrificed in all documentation, in favor of Spanish. Initially, this took the form of new laws, which fused Spanish into the Mayan: “the texts themselves contain a mixture of native Mayan modes of representation along with Spanish bureaucratic and Franciscan doctrinal discourse” (Hanks 134), but by the end of the 16th century the indigenous written language of the Maya...
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