History

Translating Maya Hieroglyphs

Author: Scott A.J. Johnson

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 0806189401

Category: History

Page: 402

View: 6140

Maya hieroglyphic writing may seem impossibly opaque to beginning students, but scholar Scott A. J. Johnson presents it as a regular and comprehensible system in this engaging, easy-to-follow textbook. The only comprehensive introduction designed specifically for those new to the study, Translating Maya Hieroglyphs uses a hands-on approach to teach learners the current state of Maya epigraphy. Johnson shows readers step by step how to translate ancient Maya glyphs. He begins by describing how to break down a Mayan text into individual glyphs in the correct reading order, and then explains the different types of glyphs and how they function in the script. Finally, he shows how to systematically convert a Mayan inscription into modern English. Not simply a reference volume, Translating Maya Hieroglyphs is pedagogically arranged so that it functions as an introductory foreign-language textbook. Chapters cover key topics, including spelling, dates and numbers, basic grammar, and verbs. Formal linguistic information is accessibly explained, while worksheets and exercises complement and reinforce the material covered in the text. Glyph blocks and phrases drawn from actual monuments illustrate the variety and scribal virtuosity of Maya writing. The Maya writing system has not been fully deciphered. Throughout the text, Johnson outlines and explains the outstanding disputes among Mayanists. At the end of each chapter, he offers sources for further reading. Helpful appendices provide quick reference to vocabulary, glyph meanings, and calendrical data for students undertaking a translation. The study of Maya glyphs has long been an arcane subject known only to a few specialists. This book will change that. Taking advantage of the great strides scholars have made in deciphering hieroglyphs in the past four decades, Translating Maya Hieroglyphs brings this knowledge to a broader audience, including archaeologists and budding epigraphers.
History

Encyclopedia of the Ancient Maya

Author: Walter R. T. Witschey

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0759122865

Category: History

Page: 540

View: 9076

Encyclopedia of the Ancient Maya provides an A-to-Z overview of the ancient Maya culture from its inception to the Spanish Conquest. Exploring Maya society, celebrations, and achievements, as well as new insights into Maya culture and collapse, this is a sophisticated yet accessible introduction suitable for students and general readers.
History

The Ancient Maya

New Perspectives

Author: Heather Irene McKillop

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1576076962

Category: History

Page: 453

View: 5417

Thanks to powerful innovations in archaeology and other types of historical research, we now have a picture of everyday life in the Mayan empire that turns the long-accepted conventional wisdom on its head. * Includes numerous illustrations and drawings plus depictions of important artifacts such as the murals of Bonampak and the hieroglyphic stairway of Copan * Provides detailed maps of major Maya cities as well as other research sites
Philosophy

Philosophy of the Ancient Maya

Lords of Time

Author: Alexus McLeod

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 1498531393

Category: Philosophy

Page: 238

View: 7116

This book offers an interpretation of the philosophical thought of the ancient Maya, in the classic and postclassic periods. Alexus McLeod adopts philosophical methodology, comparative philosophy, and history of philosophy to reveal and understand the ancient Maya by engaging with Maya thought as philosophy.
Body, Mind & Spirit

Remember to Remember: The Mayan Mysteries

Author: Carol E. Parrish-Harra Ph. D.

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1467044814

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 132

View: 4453

Compilation and Insights Remember to Remember: The Mayan Mysteries As told by a wisdom Teacher Awakening to Mythological thinking is difficult any time but to depart from institutional thinking and enter into the world of intuitive awareness is the opportunity of today. This compilation and personal Insights to the Mayan Prophesies brings a new comprehension in Remember to Remember: -The Lost Mysteries” as the known and unknown carry us toward a new height of understanding.. When one approaches the Maya Mysteries as parables and legends, as well as calendars and mathematics, a new doorway opens. Beginning with the lost worlds of Lemuria and Atlantis we find ourselves caught up in the story of an empire that has left its impact. An adventure a waits, true, but this glimpse of a future more creative and hopeful takes us to the wonders of a world unknown. From a false belief of envisioning our native forefathers and mothers as primitive natives we gain an awesome recognition of the wonders of encoded hieroglyphs; we move into respect and understanding through parables, legends, and oral teachings. A major aspect of the author’s perspective is to integrate the contribution of the Maya with other wisdom traditions. Many of the lingering myths of “questionable” ideas are clearly included in the mythology of these people. Terms avoided in the rational and intellectual community rest in the psyche of all America and as we stir these ideas come alive. The goal of evolution is presented clearly in the unfolding of these long secreted concepts, such as “sky-people”, “hollow earth theory”, and others.. From “spirit/space” to “science/religion” we get an amazing understanding of what is in store for humanity at the close of the Ninth Hell; Has Humanity achieved it goal or has it missed the mark?
Disasters

End of Time

The Mayan Prophecies Revisited

Author: Adrian Gilbert

Publisher: Mainstream Publishing Company

ISBN: N.A

Category: Disasters

Page: 335

View: 4767

According to the ancient Maya, the world as we know it will end on 21 December 2012. On that date, their calendar will click round to zero for the first time in over 5,000 years. They prophesised that this destruction will be preceded by a series of natural disasters, including earthquakes and floods. Does this sound familiar? What will this mean for us? Should we take seriously their claims that this will be a time of apocalyptic cataclysm? And just how did the Maya, a clever but nonetheless Stone Age people, calculate the date of an astronomical event that would take place many millennia in the future? These are just some of the questions posed by Adrian Gilbert, co-author of the international bestseller The Mayan Prophecies. In The End of Time, he revisits the ancient archaeological sites of the Maya and makes astonishing new discoveries about their cosmology. He also makes use of modern computer technology to 'backtrack' the skies to the way they would have appeared in previous ages, which has resulted in some major findings concerning the astronomical significance of the Mayan calendar. This absorbing, thought-provoking book is enhanced by a number of illustrations and photographs to help explain the many theories and ideas conveyed in the text. And in case an apocalyptic event really is upon us, the author offers tips for survival.
Language Arts & Disciplines

The Decipherment of Ancient Maya Writing

Author: Stephen D. Houston,Oswaldo Fernando Chinchilla Mazariegos,David Stuart

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806132044

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 551

View: 5198

The Decipherment of Ancient Maya Writing is an important story of intellectual discovery and a tale of code breaking comparable to the interpreting of Egyptian hieroglyphs and the decoding of cuneiform. This book provides a history of the interpretation of Maya hieroglyphs. Introductory essays offer the historical context and describe the personalities and theories of the many authors who contributed to the understanding of these ancient glyphs.
Central America

The Lost Civilization

The Story of the Classic Maya

Author: T. Patrick Culbert

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

ISBN: N.A

Category: Central America

Page: 123

View: 9756

Social Science

Why Did Ancient Civilizations Fail?

Author: Scott A J Johnson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1315512874

Category: Social Science

Page: 308

View: 3361

Ideas abound as to why certain complex societies collapsed in the past, including environmental change, subsistence failure, fluctuating social structure and lack of adaptability. Why Did Ancient Civilizations Fail? evaluates the current theories in this important topic and discusses why they offer only partial explanations of the failure of past civilizations. This engaging book offers a new theory of collapse, that of social hubris. Through an examination of Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Roman, Maya, Inca, and Aztec societies, Johnson persuasively argues that hubris blinded many ancient peoples to evidence that would have allowed them to adapt, and he further considers how this has implications for contemporary societies. Comprehensive and well-written, this volume serves as an ideal text for undergraduate courses on ancient complex societies, as well as appealing to the scholar interested in societal collapse.

Newsletter

Author: Rocky Mountain Institute for Pre-Columbian Studies

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: N.A

View: 397

Calendar, Maya

Maya hieroglyphic writing

an introduction

Author: Sir John Eric Sidney Thompson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Calendar, Maya

Page: 347

View: 602