:: Mayan Inscription #1 - Dreams & Divinities Mexico ::

Icarus   2CB   Angel   Blood   Xochipilli   Moonchild   Lucifer   Neurocosmic   Form   Coatlicue   Maya

:: 2013 :: 40cm x 40cm :: Acrylics, Inks and Markers on Canvas ::

This is the first of what I hope will become an occasional series of commemorative texts. In my teens during the 1990s, whilst using Aztec and Mixtec codices to learn how to draw, I also delved heavily into the emerging decipherment of Maya hieroglyphs, fascinated that these people were now able to communicate to us across the vast gulf of history. In 2013 I was invited to exhibit in a group show of visionary artists in San Cristobal de las Casas near the Mayan city of Palenque, Mexico, and it seemed appropriate to return to my Mayan scholarship and attempt to write a new Mayan Inscription commemorating the exhibition.

This artwork is the result, and while it is probably not fully accurate to the original language and writing style of the Classic Maya, it is nevertheless the result of considerable scholarship on my part. Where the desired phrases are missing from the Classic Maya lexicon, I have slightly anachronistically utilised modern Yucatec words, and some of the grammatical affixes are perhaps questionable! However, I have learned much from this artwork and I look forward in the future to deepening my scholarship to create a more authentic text in the Classic Maya style. Scroll down to the base of the page for an interactive glyph-by-glyph guide to the text using Flash.

Free Translation of the Inscription
On 20th July 2013, at Palenque, Lady Black Jaguar [Gabriela] and Lady Deer [Liba] said:“Come and paint! We will dance and sing in a sacred cave [and] we will venerate the gods of Palenque!” On 21st March 2014, at Palenque, the artists came and painted. They venerated the ancestral Palenque Gods, and Pakal the Great.

Mayan Inscription for D&D Mexico

 

:: INTERACTIVE GLYPH-BY-GLYPH GUIDE TO THE MAYAN TEXT ::

Here is a quick interactive guide to the Mayan Inscription, which requires Flash Player 8 or above in order to function. After loading, you will be able to hover your mouse over each glyph on the image on the left side. On the right will appear information for each glyph, including a small sketch of the glyph, its reading and its meaning. Logographic readings will be written in CAPITALS whilst phonetic readings will be written in Italics. I hope this interactive presentation will provide some insight into the scholarship that is enfolded into this artwork.

Free Translation of the Inscription
On 20th July 2013, at Palenque, Lady Black Jaguar [Gabriela] and Lady Deer [Liba] said:“Come and paint! We will dance and sing in a sacred cave [and] we will venerate the gods of Palenque!” On 21st March 2014, at Palenque, the artists came and painted. They venerated the ancestral Palenque Gods, and Pakal the Great.

 

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