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    Re: a bit more about the Maya
    From: Paul Saffo
    Date: 2010 Apr 06, 22:53 -0700

    'll dig into some of my notes and see if I can come up with a specific
    example or two from the Dresden Codex for you.  It has been a while,
    but i think I know where the file is.
    
    And BTW, I think that after much searching I am finally about to get
    my hands on a Plath bubble horizon!  One slipped through my fingers
    three years ago, to my great chagrin!
    
    best
    -p
    
    On Apr 6, at , Frank Reed wrote:
    
    > Paul, you wrote:
    > "Bowditch was a pioneer in Maya studies and a terrific writer. In
    > fact, his work was responsible in part for my taking Celestial
    > Navigation (Astro 99) from Francis Wright in Sophomore year as I was
    > building my skills in order to use a box sextant to measure
    > structures in the Northern Peten for suspected celestial alignments."
    >
    > Very cool!
    >
    > "But there are countless other instances of the Maya demonstrating
    > calendric virtuosity and sometimes no small sense of humor. Maya is a
    > language that lends itself to puns (for example, in Tzotzil maya, "-
    > bol" can mean both "stupid" and "in-laws.", and there are even puns to
    > be found in their heiroglyphic texts. "
    >
    > That's interesting. I've never heard that before. I have tried to
    > keep up with the revolution in Mayan historical studies in the past
    > thirty years, but it's such a huge subject, and I'm still surprised
    > by things as basic as this.
    >
    > -FER
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