The Maya Codices: The Precious Remaining History of an Eradicated Civilization

In their drive to impress Spanish civilization and beliefs throughout South America, the Conquistadors and Catholic missionaries attempted to systematically erase evidence of previous cultures and religious beliefs. In the case of the mighty Maya civilization they all but succeeded, destroying all but 3 or 4 of their ancient books or ‘codices’. What is the story of these important fragments of historical record and what do they tell us about the Mayans?

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