Reading the Maya Glyphs

ISBN-10: 0500285535

ISBN-13: 9780500285534

Edition: 2nd 2005 (Revised)

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication date: 6/17/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946

Brian K. Blount is Associate Professor of New Testament, Princeton Theological Seminary.

Preface
The Cultural Background of Maya Writing
Overview of a civilization
Scribes and artists
The language of the inscriptions
The Nature of the Maya Script
Principles
Syllabograms
Morphosyllabic signs
Logograms with phonetic complements
Polyvalence
Conflation
Some grammar
Nouns
Gender
Pronouns
Adjectives
Verbs
Locative prepositions
Time and the Calendar
General remarks
Maya numbers
The Calendar Round
The 260-day Count
The Haab
The Long Count and the Initial Series
The Initial Series
The Supplementary Series
Distance Numbers, Period Endings, and anniversaries
Royal Lives and Royal Rituals
General remarks
Life-cycle events
Birth
Accession
Death and burial
Ritual activities
Period Ending rites
Bloodletting
God impersonation
Royal dance
Ballplaying and ballcourts
Postscript
Places and Polities
Emblem Glyphs
Toponyms (place names)
Dynastic Names and Titles
Titles
Rulers
Relationships
Parentage statements
Spouse
Siblings
Warfare
Glyphs for general war
The taking of prisoners
Scribes and Artists
Users of brush pens
Carvers
Other titles for artists and scribes
Ceramic Texts
General remarks
The Primary Standard Sequence (PSS)
The Supernatural World
General remarks
Divinity and godhead
The major gods
Paired gods
Triads
The Death Gods
The way spirit-companions
The Inanimate and Animate Worlds
The physical world
The directions
The colors
The sky and the earth
Humans
Animals
Buildings and structures
Stone objects
Pottery vessels
Costume and personal adornment
Illustration Examples
Syllabary
A Maya Lexicon
Calendrical Formulae and Tables
Software Programs
Exercise Answers
Brief Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index
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