9 Ajaw 13 Mak (December 11, 2014): First Course in Epigraphy, Maní, Yucatán

9 Ajaw 13 Mak. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.
9 Ajaw 13 Mak. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

First Course in Epigraphy, Maní, Yucatán
July 14-18, 2014

Given by Iván Jiménez, Daniela Cano Chan, and Atilano Ceballos (these three were participants at the Second International Congress of Maya Epigraphers in Ocosingo, Chiapas).

Iván Jiménez (on the left) and Atilano Ceballos participating in the Second International Congress of Maya Epigraphers in Ocosingo, Chiapas.

Iván Jiménez (on the left) and Atilano Ceballos participating in the Second International Congress of Maya Epigraphers in Ocosingo, Chiapas.

July 14 and 15
2 Oc and 3 Chuen

The course began with a prayer to Father-Mother God giving thanks for the day and for what was occurring.

After the prayer the course teachers handed out the package of course materials that would be used throughout the course, followed by an explanation for each of the materials, and how each one was to be used.

The workshop began with an “Introduction to writing in glyphs” and “Glyphs that are syllables (the syllabary)” given by Iván Jiménez. He gave a commentary and pointed out interesting facts about the material presented. This was followed with the theme “Glyphs that mean whole words (logograms)” and “How to write words with glyphs,” presented by Daniela Cano Chan. Then they analyzed the make-up of names and titles in order to say who is the father or the mother and where are they from. With this information, each student was given the exercise to create their own stela with the information just analyzed, in such a way that in the end they created a small stela of their own lineage.

The campus of U Yiits Ca’an (Dew of Heaven), ecological school in Maní.

The campus of U Yiits Ca’an (Dew of Heaven), ecological school in Maní.

July 16 and 17
4 Eb and 5 Ben

The course began by analyzing the stelae of the students and answering questions about the work just completed. Following that there was a presentation of Maya numbers, the Maya calendar known as the Tsolk’in and the analysis of each of the elements contained in the Maya calendar known as the Haab.

The instructors explained how to read a stela, and what is the I.S.I.G (Initial Series Introductory Glyph). This was followed by analyzing the spiritual way that our calendar was used by our Maya grandfathers and grandmothers. It was discussed what has been saved and what has been lost. It was also discussed the influence of the moon and the sun on the days of the calendar, the Wayeb, the make-up of the calendar cycles, and their use over time.

Stelae were viewed in order to analyze them and to find the glyphs that the students had become familiar with, so that viewing other texts later would be easier. Also vases and plates were shown with dedicatory phrases of who owned the objects.

Daniela Cano, instructor (on the left), in front of a stela used in the classes.

Daniela Cano, instructor (on the left), in front of a stela used in the classes.

July 18 (lead by Atilano Ceballos)
6 Ix

This day was initiated with a retrospective of what had been learned in the course, and then observing more stelae and a replica of a vase with glyphs. Afterward, we had the closing words and giving of diplomas by Maestro Miguel Medina Carrillo.

More workshops were planned for the coming months, and will be reported on future dates.

Iván Jiménez
Maní, Yucatán

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