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Estudios de cultura maya

versión impresa ISSN 0185-2574


MATSUMOTO, Mallory E.. The Stela of Iximche' in the Context of Language Revitalization and Hieroglyphic Retrieval among Mayan Communities in Guatemala. Estud. cult. maya [online]. 2015, vol.45, pp.225-258. ISSN 0185-2574.

The revival of the Mayan hieroglyphic script constitutes a dynamic component of the Maya Movement in Guatemala and offers a rare opportunity to observe the reclamation of a dormant writing system. This study analyzes the hieroglyphic text on the recently erected stela at Iximche', Chimaltenango, Guatemala, and proposes that it manifests various strategies used in revitalizing the modern Mayan languages and in the construction of a Pan-Maya identity. The acquisition and active use of the ancient script in the present in this and other media reflects the dynamic between the Pan-Maya identity and the distinctive identity of the Kaqchikel people. Furthermore, by reasserting an ancient monumental and scribal tradition, it affirms the cultural link experienced by the Maya peoples with the pre-Columbian past. The study of the revived script thus may also enhance our understanding of the role of writing in expressing, reinterpreting, and developing traditions and identities.

Palabras llave : Mayan hieroglyphic script; Iximche' stela; language revival; Pan-Maya identity; Kaqchikel.

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