National Geographic : 1922 Feb
114 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE - from the former the .° Aztec doubtless origi nally borrowed the a idea of writing. - - The Aztec writing Sis simpler than the o Maya, and is better S known, probably as o 'erZ high as 90 per cent of 0"o its signs and symbols , E-0 having been deciph -' Cn ,ered. Their hiero .- o3 glyphs may be di o vided into three Sz '-groups, as follows: I. Signs represent Sing the calendar, such . as the hieroglyphs for :. " y the days, months, and S. - - the year; S o 2. Signs represent - o o ing the names of per sons and places, such o as the hieroglyphs for S Montezuma and Teno 'oU o. ochtitlan (the Aztec E. f name for Mexico ErC.. . ct., City); an- o 3. Signs represent p."- U ing events or natural ? - objects, such as the hieroglyphs for war, -o N- . conquest, death, ac o cession of rulers, fes Sr .= tivals, eclipses, comets, S b o earthquakes, volcanic S- eruptions, gold, jade, a o feathers, etc. .= o By means of these Z ' three groups of signs, . . ' painted in books made -L o of fiber-paper or deer - .. skin, the Aztec re .. .= o corded the principal _ Mxa events of their history, oa not, to be sure, as long . narratives glowing S2 0- with eulogistic descrip R.C tions of the valorous S deeds of kings and em S . .0 perors, but as brief -. synopses of the prin o 3 cipal events, none the . > less historically accu 5.' rate, however, because 0 of their brevity. 8.¢-e 5 se o of their brevity.