Friday, February 25, 2011
The Book as Sacred Object, and Recollections of the Paris Codex
Each provides an example of the well-developed written language of the Maya, the only such writing system that originated in the Americas and, arguably, one of only three written languages that developed organically (i.e. was not borrowed or adapted from some other civilization) throughout the entire world. The written language of the Maya died out in the generations following the Spanish Conquest, though amazing strides have been made in the last several decades with respect to the understanding and preservation of the language, which can still be found not only in the codices, but on stelae and temples throughout Central America and Mexico.