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Up In Smoke: The Maya Codices

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  • Up In Smoke: The Maya Codices

    The Maya codices:
    800 years of a written Mesoamerican library destroyed.
    "Maya codices (singular codex) are folding books stemming from the pre-Columbian Maya civilization, written in Maya hieroglyphic script... they were destroyed in bulk by the Conquistadors and priests soon after. In particular, all those in Yucatán were ordered destroyed by Bishop Diego de Landa in July of 1562. De Landa wrote:

    "We found a large number of books in these characters and, as they contained nothing in which were not to be seen as superstition and lies of the devil, we burned them all, which they (the Maya) regretted to an amazing degree, and which caused them much affliction." Such codices were primary written records of Maya civilization, together with the many inscriptions on stone monuments and stelae that survived. However, their range of subject matter in all likelihood embraced more topics than those recorded in stone and buildings, and was more like what is found on painted ceramics (the so-called 'ceramic codex'). Alonso de Zorita wrote that in 1540 he saw numerous such books in the Guatemalan highlands that “...recorded their history for more than eight hundred years back, and that were interpreted for me by very ancient Indians.” (Zorita 1963, 271-2). Fr. Bartolomé de las Casas lamented that when found, such books were destroyed: "These books were seen by our clergy, and even I saw part of those that were burned by the monks, apparently because they thought [they] might harm the Indians in matters concerning religion, since at that time they were at the beginning of their conversion." The last codices destroyed were those of Nojpetén, Guatemala in 1697, the last city conquered in the Americas.[4] With their destruction, the opportunity for insight into some key areas of Maya life has been greatly diminished.
    There are only three codices whose authenticity is beyond doubt."
    * Wiki.
    I know.. the tune was about the Aztecs   
    so, here's the differences between the Maya and Aztecs ~
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    A few of the false stories about discovering more 'lost' codices - the latest being in 2014
    This one a basement discovery
    Maybe the wildly popular Pope Francis with his sweeping changes in tradition will give us a look in Vatican's basement?
    * an update Oct. 23, 2014
    Vatican Library Puts 4,000 Ancient Manuscripts Available Online
    direct link
    Over 1,000 Mayan Codices Discovered in Yucatan Ruins
    Guess these are the days of our great lament: in the meantime, we still have Mel Gibson's Apocalypto..
    Warning: human sacrifice
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      ~  A Better Understanding of the Maya ~
      Cracking The MAYAN CODE (Nova)
      Decipherment of the Maya writing system
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      A BBC/History Channel co-production. 2003
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      PBS/Nat. Geo.
      Quest for the Lost Maya 2012 (55:min)
      The Rise and Fall of a Civilization
      Quest for the Lost Maya explores archaeological evidence of a previously unknown Mayan society based in the Yucatan Peninsula of southern Mexico. The film surveys their dramatic rise to prominence in the "pre-classic era" (800-700 BCE) of the Maya, as well as new evidence of the collapse of their civilization in the 800-900s CE.
      Also linked to YouTube
      If the women don\'t find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.