The Mayan writing system was used in what is now Mexico and Central America for almost two thousand years, until after Cortés arrived. It was written in bark paper books, carved on public monuments, and inscribed on personal items of pottery, bone, and jade. The Spanish invaders banned writing and burned thousands of books, systematically erasing literacy in Mayan writing and separating the Mayan people from the written record of their own extraordinary past.
In the 19th century, texts began to reappear, buried cities and fantastic inscriptions were discovered in the jungles, and rare Mayan books looted by the Spaniards were rediscovered in libraries in Europe. Early scholars decoded the complex Mayan calendar and identified the glyphs of gods, planets, animals, colors, and directions. But prejudices and misconceptions about the nature of the Mayan people and their writing kept the meaning of the texts a mystery for more than a century more.
Over the past decades, a diverse group of epigraphers and historians, ethnographers and archaeologists, astronomers and linguists, artists and amateurs have finally unraveled the secrets of the glyphs. Today, over 90% of the script is understood.
For the six million modern Mayans, this rediscovered history, poetry and mythology are an extraordinary source of pride and identity. Mayan students are now learning to read hieroglyphics, and parents who for centuries have named their babies after Christian saints now name their children after ancient Mayan kings.
The destruction began with the Spanish Inquisition, the Catholic priest Diego de Landa, destroyed the Mayan language and culture.
This is only one example of the destructive power of the church. Intolerance is based on the same Islamic principle that only Yahweh is god, and anyone who worships other gods is guilty of sin and therefore agrees to assassinate and destroy temples. Although Christians continued their post WW1 policy with greed for money and visas for Europe and the United States and thus converting Hindus and Muslims around the world, their terrorist legacy is still worn by their Islamist brother. Remember that there is no difference between IBRAHIM AND ABRAHAM. Their intolerance justifies atrocities in the name of Yahweh: murder, slavery, forced conversion, suppression and destruction of other religions, racism and many other immoral acts.
Let us now look at secularism. As in modern India, where Hindus let all religions come in, the same foreign religion takes precedence and begins to destroy the same secular Hindus. The same story repeated itself in the Mayan era when the Mayans incorporated the Christian god into their temples, in the name of secularism, and started a conversion machine, Mayan converts “who incorporated the Yahweh / Jesus / Catholic spirit, as well as the various saints and angels, in their own traditional religion, he became enraged and this resulted in torture and death in the Yucatan region.He made it his goal to erase all knowledge of the Mayan religion and succeeded.After fifty years in 1699, the Spanish soldiers burned down a city that had the last school of scribes who knew the Mayan hieroglyphics.By 1720 it was all over, murdered, destroyed for those who knew the Mayan language.
The response of the Roman Catholic Church? Diego de Landa’s crime is to have carried out an inquisition without authorization and was punished with house arrest for a few years, then promoted to bishop of Yucatan, the same city he destroyed. Remember, he was not punished for destroying the Mayan language, the temples, the murders, the atrocities. This is what the Roman church is.
After two hundred years, and an international team of linguists, anthropologists, archaeologists, mathematicians, an architect and a twelve-year-old child prodigy expert in hieroglyphics, have been able to restore and decipher nearly 90% of the tongue carved in stone.
You have to watch a great movie, Breaking the Maya Code. You can also watch the short hour-long version of Nova online, courtesy of PBS and WGBH Boston.
Breaking the Mayan Code
Mayan Language Dictionary
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Breaking the Mayan Code