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Mayan Writings

First off let me thank the powers that be for adding this forum. I think it would be a good idea to create a thread for each ancient civilization and their writings. That way we are not searching through a 50 page thread for a particular civilization. Lets start with this one:

Dresden Codex

The Ancient Maya Codices

We first learn of the Dresden Codex when we hear that Johann Christian Götze, Director of the Royal Library at Dresden, obtained the codex from the private owner in Vienna in 1739. In 1744, Götze gave it to the Royal Library, where it still resides. (The library's current name is the Sächsische Landesbibliothek). But not all has been "smooth sailing" for the Dresden; it sustained heavy water damage during the Dresden Fire Storms of WWII. Therefore, pre-WWII facsimiles are still very informative for study purposes. The following list includes some of the more interesting copies and facsimiles that have been produced:


If you go to the bottom of the page you can read it on line or download a PDF.

Thank you, Thank you! I'm so

Thank you, Thank you! I'm so excited about this!!!

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Just what I was looking for!

This is exactly one of the topics I was hoping to find in this forum. My interest in translating ancient documents began when I was about 9 or 10 years old. I found a book in the library that had the alphabet in cunieform and began pouring over it’s pages, creating line after line of cunieform sentences. I began to take an interest in Mayan writings in college as I learned more about acient MesoAmerican studies. Mayan, Incan, and Aztecs civilizations caught my attention the most and I, eventually, became fixated on the Mayan Codex.  That interest stayed even after knowing that the Mayan Code had been cracked.

I love the art of their acient language, the language’s enduring strength (because people still speak it today), and the beauty of the Mayan culture and people. I LOVE the discoveries that are being made all the time in MesoAmerica. I am so enthralled with the relationship that language, in general, has on culture, in general. There are so many aspects of this topic that ignite my intellectuall thought process and it excites me like NOTHING else can!

Thank you for posting this! I hope to see many more posts on acient Mayan documents in the future.

Celeste Albright