Maya writing was at use within the Maya area from about 300 BC (as soon as we notice it into the murals of a website called San Bartolo in Guatemala) to your century that is 16th the Spanish Conquistadors mention it within their reports.
The writing system had already mostly fallen out of use by the time the Spanish colonisers arrived in the 16th century although there are still nearly 30 Mayan languages spoken in the area today, by more than 6 million speakers in Maya communities.
The Christian priests and missionaries whom arrived burned many ‘idols’ and ‘heathen effigies’ – together with original bark-paper books useful for recording calendrical, astronomical and information that is ritual to ensure enduring conversion to Christianity.
The spoken languages survived and developed through the hundreds of years, but just like numerous native and smaller languages on the planet, have already been decreasing as time passes in favor of almost all languages, in cases like this Spanish. The increased loss of language has also been exacerbated through colonialism and racism, since it had been usually regarded as beneficial to be since non-indigenous as you can (and frequently ‘s still). Schools had been needed to show in Spanish just and usually forbade the employment of Mayan languages.
When you look at the decade that is last, Mayan languages experienced a revival aided by the emergence of more social awareness and cultural pride in ‘being Maya’, along with the end of this civil war in Guatemala. (lebih…)