“The investigation of the Maya codex preserved in Dresden, Paris and Madrid is about to be completed, and its result “will surprise the world,” said Russian linguist Galina Ershova, director of the Maya Epigraphy Center Yuri Knorosov of Merida, Yucatan.
“We have the analysis of a more integral reinterpretation of these Maya manuscripts that survived the Spanish colonization, we have access to new interpretations of what constitutes the Maya universal knowledge, such as the use of the number zero, for example” she said.
Ershova, born in 1955 in Moscow, confirmed that the new analysis of the codex is significantly more detailed, and include reconstructed articles on topics such as music, death and the human being.
“Everything that appears in this series of codex has an invaluable wealth for humanity and will be released in a matter of months” explained the academic from Knorosov, who is one of the researchers who deciphered the Maya scripts.
“We will release the information by 2019 maybe, because it is intended to be compiled in a major work, we are talking about so much information and of such an incalculable wealth, that a book would be insufficient, I think the work will feature at least two or three volumes” she continued.
Ershova, member of the Council for Science and Education of Russia, explained that the codex of Dresden, Paris and Madrid have in common the fact that they were written in Yucatan, an area of our country where the Mayan culture flourished in an outstanding and unique way.
“That is why the language used by the ancient inhabitants of the Mayan civilization is the version used in this geographic region” she said.
Ershova and her team from the Center for Maya Epigraphy Studies “Yuri Knosorov” began the research in 2016 when Mexico, Spain and Russia signed an agreement for a new study of the Tro-Cortesian Maya Codex, also known as the “Madrid Codex”.
The Tro-Cortesian dates from the fifteenth century, measures 6.83 meters in length and is the largest of the three, contains 112 pages with scriptures, painting, symbols and Mayan hieroglyphs about their religion, gods, astronomy, economic activities, calendars and lifecycles.
This Tro-Cortesian Codex is considered to be the most important pre-Hispanic work that the Museum of America in Madrid preserves, together with the Codex Tudela, of the Mexica (Aztec) culture. “The codex will not move from Germany, France and Spain; they are an invaluable treasure that we can not touch, since an intangible heritage of humanity would be lost “, said the researcher.
Ershova admitted that the results of the investigations do not represent the fulfillment of the last wish expressed by Knorosov, who wanted to create an Epigraphic Atlas.
“We have already started but we will not finish it, neither this generation or the next one, because in the Yucatan there are so many Mayan cities that it would be impossible for my students to finish the analysis in this century, we are talking about collecting the inscriptions of each and every archaeological zone and each vessel or any other piece with inscriptions in the whole Yucatán Peninsula (Campeche, Yucatán and Quintana Roo),” Ershova concluded.
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