Saturday, 1:30 pm
Pre-Columbian Society Lecture
Processions and Prognostications: A New Reading of the Dresden and Madrid Yearbearer Pages
The Maya yearbearer ceremonies, associated with the rituals marking the transition from one year to the next among prehispanic Maya cultures, have long been of interest to researchers studying the Maya codices. In this lecture, Dr. Gabrielle Vail, New College of Florida in Sarasota, considers Karl Taube’s proposal that the ceremonies involved a reenactment of the events leading to the first creation and the later rebirth of the world through ritual, as well as a new reading of the hieroglyphic text on the Madrid yearbearer pages.
Dr. Gabrielle Vail specializes in the study of Maya hieroglyphic texts, with an emphasis on prehispanic Maya ritual and religion as documented in screenfold manuscripts painted in the 14th and 15th centuries. Her research is highlighted in numerous print and online publications, as well as the online Maya Codices Database.
This lecture is presented by the Pre-Columbian Society at the Penn Museum.