The Maya Code is Being Cracked in Bonn of All Places

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If the Maya today want to know how their ancestors wrote and spoke, they ask in Bonn, because the first dictionary for the ancient civilization is being created on the Rhine.

July 12, 1561 was the day on which the cultural memory of a people was to go up in flames. Diego de Landa, the bishop installed by the Spanish conquerors and inquisitor on the Yucatan Peninsula, which today is divided between Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize, had a massive pile stacked for burning and then fenced in by crosses on the square in front of the Franciscan monastery in the village of Maní.

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