Ancient Mayan Script Of The Maya

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Ancient Mayan Script
The Maya hieroglyphic writing is perhaps one of the most complex writing systems in the world. This writing system contains over hundreds of rare signs or glyphs in the form of humans, animals, and objects. Many of these signs contained either logograms or syllabograms to write words, sentences, and phrases. Logograms were to used express the meaning and syllabograms to denote sound values. The Mayan’s were able to write anything that they can say. They were able to turn whatever they spoke into a writing form because of their one of a kind writing system. The Maya were actually not a group of single people but many nations with several but linked cultures, religions, and languages. Of the many Maya languages, only two were found and recorded with the hieroglyphic system. Many scholars argue that the Ch’olan language and possibly the Tzeltala language were the inventors of the Maya Writing system. The languages of the Ch’olan and Tzeltala were so similar to the Mayan it is believed that they were the creators.
Many foreign people conquered Mayans but the Spanish from Europe first encountered the Mayans. The Spaniards conquered Mexico in the 16th century and left many significant monuments hidden in the jungle (Robinson 124). They recorded important clues and artifacts that helped with the understanding of the Maya glyphs. Many important artifacts that were founded helped understand the way the writing system was read and recorded. In a book written by…
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