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A Phonetic Version of the Maya Glyph for North

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 January 2017

Michael P. Closs
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Department of Mathematics, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada KIN 6N5

Abstract

The symbolic variant of the Maya glyph for north is claimed to be a phonetic construction xa-ma-n(a) generating the Yucatec term xaman, "north." The reading supports the notion that Maya directional symbolism was related to the horizon and disagrees with recent revisionist theory that such symbolism was related to the path of the sun across the sky and through the underworld.

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