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Pre-Columbian MesoAmerican Comics: The Maya

This is a growing page for a unit on Mayan codices & graphic narrative art.




Maya Codices:

More Supporting Texts:

Studying Mesoamerica? Don’t forget the Aztec!:

  •  Aztec Overview on FAMSI
  • Early Aztec writing systems (compared to Mayan):
    “Apparently the development of phonetic writing was not as crucial to the evolution of civilization in Mesoamerica as it had been in other parts of the world. Indeed pictographic communication and narrative art can be remarkably effective in facilitating information exchange, especially at the “international” level. This observation is nowhere more evident than in our own contemporaneous revolution in communication through the development of symbologies in film, television, computer language, and advertising – a situation intensified by extreme factional competition among nations for control of the international market place.”

2 Comments on “Maya”

  1. ina says:

    Are you aware that actually the Aztecs came from the northern part of the American continent? They settled in Mexico City, which itself is North America as well but their roots are connected to the groups from the north.

    • Marek says:

      I’ve heard that theory of migration, yes —
      I’ve always assumed the Maya had a similar history, but that their particular systems of writing developed much later, after their migration from the North (and thus we don’t see equivalent writing/recording/computing systems further North).
      Know of any good texts on this subject?

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