Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Exploring the Mythology of Disaster in Mexican and Maya Codices

March 8th, 2018
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Room 309
Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
Tulane University

Join us at the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library for a hands-on workshop that will introduce attendees to the painted divinatory screenfolds produced and used by ancient Mexican and Maya priest-scribes. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore screenfold contents via the Maya Hieroglyphic Codices Online Database. We will look specifically at the mythology, iconography, texts, and calendrics related to natural and mythological disasters. In the first hour the workshop will cover some of the basics of hieroglyphic writing, time-reckoning, and astronomy. In the second hour, attendees will learn to use the Codices Database to do queries and interpret results through a series of hands-on activities where they will examine the themes, iconography, and glyphic texts related to disasters across and within the four Maya codices.

Anyone with an interest in ancient Mexico, the ancient Maya, Mesoamerican codices & calendars, creation mythology, natural disasters, and cultural astronomy is invited to attend.

A workbook will be provided to all pre-registered attendees on the day of the workshop. There is space for 30 people to attend, so register early!

Belize + People
Victoria Bricker
Professor Emerita - Anthropology