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Mayan Forms of Communication

A presentation on mayan communication

Craxwell Caramel

on 27 February 2013

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Mayan Forms of Communication The Mayans had a functional language system just like us. The Mayans created their own original written language. They used symbols to represent sounds. The Mayans used over 800 symbols to tell stories with. So the Mayans could write the same word in 2 or 3 different ways. The Mayans didn't have metal tools so they used stone tools like chisels and hammers made from hardwood, bones and stone like flint or obsidian to carve into stone to write their stories. The Mayan (Maya) is a functioning language and it can be translated, but most of their books were destroyed so there is very little people know about their history. The Mayans were very successful on building their language. time period The Mayans lived for many years spanning their empire for 3479 years. they had two main time periods that made up this part in history.
The first one ranged between 500 and 1200 B.C (before Christ). The second was a classic period that went on through 300 to 900 A.D
(After Death of Jesus). In 700 B.C. Mayans developed their written language which they used for stone carvings and eventually parchment books. Eventually the Mayans were over taken by the spanish and now most indigenous Mayans are at least half spanish. Mayan writing system Mayan Numeracy Where they lived The first Mayans Originated in the Yucatan Peninsula making there home in South Mexico and Belize. From there they expanded to other countries such as Guatemala and Honduras. They now cover
large area spread out over five countries. The Ancient Mayans were able to create a fairly simple numeracy system. They simply used dots and lines to create numbers. 5 is represented by a line, 10 is represented by 2 lines and so on. every 20 a dot is placed above the others to represent 20. These patterns could continue past a thousand but numbers that large were barely used. Ancient Mayan Stone Carvings and Books The Mayans used small stone tools shaped like pencils made from hard rock like jade and flint to carve into stone. The Mayans told stories on their pyramids and buildings. They also used books made from fig tree bark to tell stories. The Mayans found a way to use clay to make pottery which also have meanings and history. most of the Mayan artifacts were destroyed when the Spaniards came so most of their history is lost. Mayan Spoken Language In addition to the stone carvings and parchment books the Mayans developed their own spoken language, this enabled them to read stories and scripts. Since the Mayan empire was spread out through a large area they had many languages. Today there are 21 different languages that are spoken throughout the Mayan area. Most of the Mayan descendants are only half Mayan and the other half spanish. The Mayan languages originated from one language that is still unknown it is called the proto Mayan language. Even though the Mayan languages are based off one original language you couldn't understand one another if you spoke two separate Mayan languages. This project is about the the different forms of communication the Mayan civilization used. Their written and spoken language and the ancient carvings that tell stories of their empire. We will also touch upon their culture and their monumental cities. All together this presentation will open your eyes to the Mayan ways of communication. The Mayans have an amazing culture. They were one of the only ancient American civilizations with a recorded history of their own. They were a civilization built upon their advanced technology for their time. The ancient Mayans embraced the practice of bloodletting (sacrifice) in which members of the elite would pierce their own skin, splatter the blood on paper, then burn the paper during rituals. they believed it would help them contact the gods. The ceremonial slaughter of animals was a common means of appeasing the gods, or seeking their favor. Humans were also sacrificed in these rituals. All Mayans were forced from child hood to believe in this religion. Culture Examples of Mayan symbols. City's Ever wonder what it would be like to step into a Mayan city in the Classic Period. They may have been small by today’s standards but visitors coming from the jungle would be astonished by there size. A typical Mayan city would include sacred monuments such as temples and palaces which were off-limits to ordinary citizens in ancient times. the palace was the ruler’s home and the city’s administrative center. The largest Mayan city had a population of around 60,000 people and a 6 square mile area. The Mayan buildings in the city's ranged from large temples-pyramids to roofed huts built from hand-cut limestone blocks . All Mayan temples and building of importance were completely covered in Mayan scripts and symbols that told stories of their past. The Mayans architecture they used to build their cities with is amazing and beautiful its sad most are in ruins. The Mayans were an amazing society. They had wonderful temples and they had a great culture. to bad the Mayans were wiped out by the spanish. We loved researching and learning about the Mayans and how they communicated. We hope you enjoyed our presentation. I'm so happy the world didn't end in 2012 (or did it) because I wouldn't have been able to do this project.

By Dawson and Levi Closing Tah Da Among their other accomplishments the ancient Mayas invented a calendar that was very accurate. It was built during the late Mayan period, the calender was used to understand the past and predict the future the calender was on a pyramid. four stairways, each with 91 steps and a platform at the top, making a total of 365, equivalent to the number of days in a calendar year.
The Maya calendar was adopted by the other nations such as the Aztecs and the Toltec the Mayans predicted many disasters such as 2012 doomsday and many others some were right some were wrong like the 2012 doomsday. Mayan Calender
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