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Aids to the Study of the Maya Codices
Sixth Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the
Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1884-85,
Government Printing Office, Washington, 1888, pages 253-372

written by "Thomas, Cyrus, 1825-1910"
...e particulars with the theory. It will also be observed that the symbol represented by S answers to the number 20. In the lowest division of the same plate is another similar series, as follows: XII     Ezanab }   Akbal 20 + 9, II; 11, XIII; 18, V; 7, XII. Lamat     Been     Ezanab     This terminates with XII, the number over the column; the sum of the black numbers is 65, a multiple of thirteen and precisely the interval between the successive days of the column, taking the week numbers into consideration, which is always to be understood in speaking of these intervals unless the contrary is expressly stated. [284] Fig. 361. In the middle division of Plate 8 is a short series connected with a day column containing the following days, reading downwards, as usual: Manik, Cauac, Chuen, Akbal, Men. The symbol for Akbal (Fig. 361), is a very unusual one, reminding us strongly of a skull, which may possibly have given origin to the symbol. The numerals of the series are as follows: 20 + 6, VIII; 20 + 6, VIII; the number over the column, VIII; and the interval between the days, 52. In Plate 15, division c, is the following series, which differs from those given in having two day columns instead of one: III III     Lamat Ix     Ahau Cimi } 12, II; 14, III. Eb Ezanab Kan Oc     Cib Ik     The final number is the same as that over the columns; the sum of the black numbers is 26, which is a multiple of 13; but in this case in counting the intervals the days are to be taken alternately from the two columns. Commencing with 3 Lamat on our calendar and counting 26 days brings us to 3 Ix; 26 more to 3 Ahau; 26 more to 3 Cimi, and so on to the end. In the lower divisi...

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