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Another Maya Falsification*

  • César Lizardi Ramos


The claims of antiquity and authenticity made for the Manuscrito pictorico de la Cultura Maya sobre piel de mamifero are false. It contains many elements and scenes copied from a variety of sources, Mixtec, Aztec, Teotihuacan, as well as Maya. Numerals are used in meaningless fashion; many copied items are obviously misunderstood.



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The Editor acknowledges the assistance of William R. Holland in preparing this translation from the Spanish.



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Lizardi Ramos, César 1958b Más de 32 Falsificaciones “Mayas” han sido Catalogadas. Excelsior, July 17, 1958, editorial page. Mexico.
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Another Maya Falsification*

  • César Lizardi Ramos


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