CNBS Distinguished Speakers Series Welcomes Mayan Linguist José Obispo Rodríguez Guaján

Mayan linguist and epigraphist José Obispo Rodríguez Guaján will be this year’s speaker at the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences Annual Distinguished Speakers Series, which will take place from 11:30 to 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, in the Loker Student Union ballroom C. Lunch will be provided.

Guaján’s talk is titled “Mayan Mathematics and its relation to the Mayan Calendar”

The author of many books on the Kaqchikel Mayan language and on Mayan mathematics and hieroglyphs, Guaján (who also goes by the name Pakal B’alam Rodríguez Guaján) recently published a revised version of  “Popol Vuh,” the original creation stories of the Maya, as well as a book that reconstructs the counting systems of Kaqchikel Maya. As an epigraphist, he recently designed with hieroglyphic Maya writing a Stella that was installed in the archaeological sites of Iximche and Mexico Viejo, ‘Old Mexico,’ in commemoration of the 13 Baktun of the Mayan calendar.

He has taught at the University of Kansas in the Department of Linguistics and the Latin American Studies Center, is a member of the Academia de Lenguas Mayas de Guatemala (Academy of Mayan Languages in Guatemala), and is the founder and director of the Jumatizim Jay museum in Tecpán, Guatemala.

To RSVP to the event, or for more information, contact the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences at (310) 243-2547 or email


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