Mexican girl learning ancient Maya writing. Copyright 2015 Miguel Omaña.

Ancient Maya writing basics

Photo I shot of my student Fatima.

One of my students learning how to write Ancient Maya glyphs.

First I taught them how to transliterate their name phonetically into Maya glyphs. This in order to grasp the concept of constructing Maya cartouches.

A Maya cartouche is composed by one or several glyphs.

Once they knew how to write their name in Mayan, we began building sentences in order to comprehend structure. One easy task was to begin writing using the TZOLKIN-HAAB’ DATE + NAME + “WAS BORN” sentence that was used a lot by the ancient indigenous Mayas. This formula was written like that in glyphs while read: In the year X of the month Y so and so was born.

If you’re interested in Ancient Mexico or native history you may enjoy my novel Till Stars Shut Their Eyes.

For classes in your city, please contact me.

Mexican girl learning ancient Maya writing. Copyright 2015 Miguel Omaña.
Mexican girl learning ancient Maya writing. Copyright 2015 Miguel Omaña.
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