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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Love, Bruce, 1945-
Austin : University of Texas Press, 1994
|Material Type:||Government publication, State or province government publication|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
|Description:||xviii, 124 p. : ill., maps ; 29 cm.|
|Contents:||The Eclipse Glyph. Zodiac Interpretations. Using the Codex Signs of the Night. The 1,820-Day Round. Correction Numbers. The 364-Day Table --
Appendix: European Writing in the Paris Codex / Grant D. Jones.
|Responsibility:||Bruce Love ; with an introduction by George E. Stuart.|
The Paris Codex consists of twenty-two screen-folded pages of hieroglyphs, painted figures, and calendrical calculations, which are reproduced in this volume. One section covers the calendrical cycles of katuns, tuns, and uinals, which Maya priests used to read history and predict the future.
Other sections cover weather almanacs; the influence of God C, also known as k'u; the four yearbearers with their thirteen numbers; the Maya spirit entities, including sky gods and earth or death gods; and the Maya constellations.
Bruce Love takes an ethnographic approach to the codex, analyzing its use by Maya priests as a handbook of divination, prophecy, and history. He explores the unique features that distinguish this from the other three codices - the inclusion of historical material in the katun pages and the description of the Maya constellations or "signs of the night," which, he argues, do not necessarily correspond to the constellations of the modern zodiac.
Whenever possible, he draws on ethnographic fieldwork among the contemporary Maya of Yucatan to link the belief system represented in the codex with Colonial Period and modern-day Maya beliefs to show their continuity through time.
The Maya priests who used the Paris Codex could see the myriad forces of the Maya spirit world arranged and organized on the pages before them. The interweaving of cycles within cycles became comprehensible and predictable. The invisible world became perceptible. With this publication of The Paris Codex, contemporary students of the Maya, scholars and amateurs alike, can have the same experience as they look into these pages and discover the unity and harmony of the Maya cosmos.
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