The Mayan Rabbit Scribe

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I first discovered in regards to the Mayan Rabbit Scribe again in 2000 when my husband and I traveled to Guatemala to discover the ruins at Tikal. I had been to a number of varied websites prior to now, together with Chichen-Itza, Tulum and Coba as a result of I have been fascinated with the Mayan tradition ever since I used to be a baby. Maybe I even manifested these Mayan temple journeys as an adolescent whereas coloring within the drawings of a Mayan-Incan-Aztec coloring guide I purchased at a second-hand retailer.

The quantity of knowledge that you will discover in regards to the Mayan tradition on-line or in your native library is nothing in contrast with the information and lore you hear from the tour guides onsite.

Whereas visiting Tikal, I discovered that the Mayans had stored journals of their historical past and tradition, known as “codices” most of which have been destroyed by order of a Spanish padre, Father Diego de Landa, in a fantastic bonfire in a central Yucatan city known as Mani. The padre believed that the books have been the work of the satan and have been stopping the Mayans from changing into actually civilized. By his order, anybody caught with a codex was summarily tortured and or killed. Solely 4 codices (a few of them partial) have survived.

For generations, because the stelas and different stone carvings of the Mayans disintegrated, nobody may perceive what the carvings meant, and a complete tradition was about to be submerged by the tides of historical past till a number of archaeologists discovered the mysteries of the glyphs.

I met a few archaeologists who had come to Tikal to {photograph} artifacts and carvings. They’d devoted their lives to understanding the Mayan lifestyle. One, by the identify of Eleanor “Bunny” Coates, had been coming to Mayan websites for a few years. She advised me in regards to the Rabbit Scribe.

I glommed proper onto that entity, as I am a author myself, and I do know what it’s prefer to be the household documentarian. I understand how vital the author is – though unsung – in any film or video manufacturing you’ll ever occur to see. With out the author, nothing will get written down! With out the author, the reminiscence of an occasion or collection of occasions loses element and shortly fades into obscurity

The rabbit scribe first seems as a part of a scene on a painted Traditional Maya vase (circa 300 to 900 AD), that will have been used to serve a chocolate beverage. Scribes performed the vital enterprise of recording vital occasions for royalty utilizing a phonetically-based hieroglyphic script. These rabbit scribes appeared on murals and vases often writing on a fan-folding guide, or “codex,” that was coated with jaguar-skin. Writing was crucial to the Maya and so they recorded vital occasions on every thing – partitions, stairs, sculptures, ceramics, plates and stone.

Luckily, the plan of Padre Diego de Landa to fully destroy the written historical past of the Traditional Mayan tradition, has been foiled by diligent archaeologists who’ve, over final a number of many years, been capable of decipher most of the Mayan glyphs. Dr. David Stuart of the College of Texas at Austin has been a distinguished power in shining a lightweight on the which means and influence of Mayan tradition, and continues to make inroads along with his fascinating work.

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