Now for something completely different.

Usually this weblog is for Maya glyph news and the exchange of scholarly ideas, but I’m shifting gears a bit today to offer a political twist on things. Last night I designed a glyph for “Obama,” and through the miracle of the internet anyone can now purchase t-shirts, coffee mugs, tote bags, etc., from the store now up on the cafepress website. Please feel free to spread the word. 

By the way, I make no money at all on this. It’s just for the fun (weirdness?) of it, and to express support for Barack Obama during our all-important election here in the US.

“Mayanists for Obama” on-line store

11 thoughts on “o-ba-ma-a

  1. Kate October 24, 2008 / 9:19 PM

    Dr. Stuart, this is pretty much the best thing ever. 🙂

  2. Grace Sullivan October 24, 2008 / 11:30 PM

    you are awesome.

  3. Nick Carter October 25, 2008 / 4:14 PM

    That may be the most outstanding thing I’ve ever seen. Katie and I ordered ours yesterday.

  4. Penny Steinbch October 26, 2008 / 3:26 AM

    Best Mayanist ever! Thanks Dave!

  5. Anna Blume October 26, 2008 / 1:29 PM

    Dear David,

    This is wonderful. On the SUNY campuses we are not allowed to wear political buttons while teaching. This will help to trump that prohibition.

    best to you,


  6. Jeremy Coltman October 30, 2008 / 12:44 AM

    Dear Dr. Stuart,

    This is wonderful! You should send one to Obama. I wonder… what’s the glyph for a pig in lipstick? Hmmm…just curious. Cheers!

  7. Phoebe November 7, 2008 / 2:48 PM

    Dear Dr. Stuart,

    You really should make money off this.

  8. Grandmère Mimi December 19, 2008 / 11:14 PM


    Would it be possible to copy the picture of the glyph and your quote for use on my blog? With a link and full credit, of course. I don’t make money from my blog.

    • David Stuart December 20, 2008 / 7:25 PM

      Yes, no problem at all.

  9. Kleomichele Leeds December 24, 2008 / 6:35 PM

    Dear Dr. Stuart,
    As always you are ON IT! Thank you for the Obama glyph. I’m sure you are aware that while “Barack” means “blessed or blessed one,” “Obama” signifies “Burning Spear.” Powerful names for a powerful gentleman. Merry Christmas, by the way…

  10. Judith Starchild April 23, 2009 / 3:43 AM

    David Stuart!

    I should expect no less from you!
    Hope you are well.

    I just saw Nova’s “Cracking the Maya Code”.

    However you write your own name in Maya glyphs, be sure to add the symbol for “gift” and “great”!