Mesoamerican handwriting declined during the time of the Conquista as well as in the decades that followed to such a devastating extent that today only a few libraries and collectors are able to enjoy such pre-Columbian originals. Actually, only one of three handwritings have survived as mere fragments, making the other two invaluable. All three manuscripts can be found in Europe and are designated according to their places of keeping; the Dresdner, the Parisian and the Madrid Maya-handwriting.
The Madrid handwriting, which is an attribute to the late end of the Mayan culture permits a view into the religious life of the Mayan Indians and represents a special sort of information from a cultural viewpoint. The gods appear in this ritual grimoire in massive grotesque drawings. This book provides a priest with the basis for his astrological prophecy. As an agrarian yearbook one can accordingly determine the best seed and harvest data and the point of time for certain ritual sacrifices, allowing one to deal with the special groupings within the parameters of the holy 260 day year (Tzolkin).
A scientific commentary written by F.Sauer and J.Stummvoll with an introduction by F.Anders accompanies the facsimile edition of the Codex Tro Cortesianus providing an interesting introduction to this valuable handwriting.