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Image of the page from Diego de Landa's 16thC. manuscript, Relación de las Cosas de Yucatán, in which he describes the famous "de Landa alphabet". This "alphabet" shows the letters of the Spanish language and the Maya hieroglyphics symbols which were supposed to correspond with them (according to de Landa's interpretation).

This alphabet would later prove to be instrumental in the decipherment of the Maya civilization's script, once interpreted correctly as essentially a syllabary by the Russian linguist, Yuri Knorosov.

As reproduced originally in Charles Etienne Brasseur de Bourbourg's 1863 republication.


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