danauffrey Posted January 30, 2012 Report Share Posted January 30, 2012 Hi all, i stumbled on this site a few weeks ago and loving it :) i was reading up on myan mythology and trying to gain insight on their writting. As i understand it, they had a very extensivewritten collection until the spaniards decided to burn evrything (: nonetheless... im gonna make this short cause its late i just stumbled on this short translation of myan mythology which is: "Mayan mythology portrays the Gods first creating “Man” out of clay, but this creature was not satisfying to them, so clay-man dissolved and crumbled away. The Mayan gods then created a being of wood which had no soul; thus, this “wood-manly-being” had no recollection of its creators; so the gods had it burn. Then the Maya Gods and Deities chose to form a third kind of man, this time from corn and they were pleased; therefore, ancient Mayas believed, as many do today, to be the son’s of maize." After reading that i began thinking about religion and postulated that knowledge must procede religion, and that religion iether proliferates asa way of remembering societal knowledge or it develops as an attempt to fill in the gaps of societal knowledge... regardless even if the only remnants of ancient myan writting is dogmatic i still believe that the instrustion to creating terra preta and more importantly their knowlewdge of agriculture in general, canbe found my teasing out the tidbits of knowledge wrapped in the dogma. if one takes the authors translation it can be easy to simply assume it is devoid of scientific knowledge however the translation may be impricise or perhaps the script evolved from a different interpretation. This could be a starting discription for how the myans made terra preta. while reading up on how the spanish so arrogantly destroyed the ancient writtings has me thinking that i think we still have a sense of bias (like the spaniards had )that our current technological knowledge is superior to anything that an older civilization or conquered civ may have possesed. So even though much of (from my understanding) the translations portray dogmatic beleifs i think it would be important to look past the dogma i also stumbled on a glyph http://spywriter.wordpress.com/2010/03/09/ancient-literary-treasure/ which i believe is an instruction set for a perticular task. i read something along the lines that they had an alphabet but they also had glyphs that told storys, why wouldn't they have had glyphs or pictures that would also help say a lower level worker remember a perticular system or a set of tasks? i've read all the threads and im still surprised that noone here seems to have taken an interest in what is left of the glyphs, calenders ect. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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