alco-nonymous said: Hey can you recommend any sources videos, movies, books, or websites to do more research into the Maya culture? You seem to know your stuff.
Of course! This is a blog I found online with a nice number of maya imagery and articles that can also take you to other resources:
And this website is about Maya writing and numbers:
I usually navigate through the wikipedia pages for a specific maya god or another subject I’m interested in (like bloodletting in the maya world) and that takes me deeper to other less known gods and resources.
I saw a number of books on maya archeology a while ago but I couldn’t get my hands on them because they are pretty expensive and I had just moved to this apartment, if I see them again I’ll try to get them and write a review or something.
I don’t know if you have read the Popol Vuh, tho, there is a lot in there about the maya myths of creation. Also recently I got a book called La civilización de los antiguos mayas, which seems really interesting and has quite a few images of ruins and glyphs.
Movie-wise the only maya influenced movie I can recall right now is Apocalypto, it gives you a fairly good idea of the maya view of the world and universe and I think it’s great visually, it did a great job translating the carvings and images of warriors into actual costumes, and you get to listen to the dialogue in one of the maya dialects.
I’ve seen a number of documentaries lately that you might find useful: The Red Queen (discovery channel) the lost king of the maya and cracking the maya code (pbs I think?) ancient maya (history channel) dawn of the maya (natgeo) amongst others, a quick search for “maya documentaries” will give you plenty more titles.
The references I use the most for developing my concepts for comics (gasp, foreshadowing) are a large collection of pictures, articles and cross-referenced descriptions of gods I’ve found online through the past couple of years.
Hope that helps!
Always reblog Mayan archaeology.
I’ll second the Popol Vuh. It’s amazing. Read it!
I have a few good art history and archaeology books, but there are lots of books out there, so I don’t know if I can recommend these ones over ones I haven’t seen. As a general rule, the newer the book the better, because Mesoamerican archaeology is getting better all the time.
For the Mayan writing system, though, there’s not much to go on. I own all the books I could find available online, which was two: Reading the Maya Glyphs by Michael D. Coe, and Dictionary of Maya Hieroglyphs by John Montgomery (which is also online): http://www.famsi.org/mayawriting/dictionary/montgomery/ Amazon has a few other books now, it looks like, but these two have served me well.
For costumes, I found Indian Clothing Before Cortes by Patricia Rieff Anawalt invaluable. Children’s non-fiction books (full of pictures) are also useful, but must be used with caution, because they’re not exactly primary sources. They’re made by writers and artists looking over the same resources you are capable of finding.
I… ah… drew a comic set in a Mayan city. http://www.jonathondalton.com/?p=887 Which is where my interest comes in. I am really excited to see what Mona does, though, so I can stop being the only one with a Mesoamerican-themed comic (…in English, at least).