A Day Sign List

One of the illustrations in my recent book The Order of Days gives, well, the order of days — a simple list of the twenty Maya day-signs with the Yucatec versions of their names. I thought just now that it might be useful for teaching and intro-level study to post a digital version here on Maya Decipherment, so feel free to use (…fun for the whole family!). Similar charts are found in countless popular books on the Maya, though one nice thing about this list is how it represents the visual forms of all the days from a single time and place; all are from a wall painting unearthed a few years ago at Ek Balam, Yucatan, dating to the earthy ninth century A.D. There are of course variant forms for almost each sign, but this list gives a good overview and starting point.

One thought on “A Day Sign List

  1. Sharad February 11, 2012 / 10:08 PM

    thanks David. Your book is wonderfully lucid to read and I recently carried it around with me while ‘pyramiding’ in the yucatan and campeche.

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