49 The Soviet Mayan Playing Cards

The Soviet Mayan Playing Cards

Posted on October 30, 2008 by


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As it happens Mayan motives were popular in Soviet times in Russia. The only vendor for playing cards (as for many other stuff in Soviet Russia) was the Soviet State, so there were only a few type of the cards - just maybe ten at most, not hundreds or thousands as in free market societies, and one of the types of the playing cards were devoted to the Mayan culture for some reason.


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49 Responses to “The Soviet Mayan Playing Cards”

  1. thomas pereira says:

    Mayan culture was popular at one moment, because the party used the discoveries of a young linguist named Youri Knorosov, who was the first scientist able to translate some glyphs from the very cryptic Mayan writings.

    The subliminal message of the Knorosov propaganda was that russians were able to crack and decypher any code used by the West.

  2. VoDkA says:

    Not English.

  3. chris says:

    why did they write joker in English?
    doesn’t Russian have a word for that?

  4. Russian says:

    “joker” – man who jokes.
    We have the same word – “Шутник”, “Шут”, “Скоморох”, “Клоун”, but the idea of this game is not russian, so we wrote it in english.

    “Джокер” is just “Joker” in transcription.

    • Xpltivdletd says:

      So–Russia gives the world some of the works of a mechanical genius like Dr. M. Kalashnikov, and Russia receives the concept of Western card-games? Some may dispute the equity of such a trade, but I’m glad we’re here to cuss & discuss it.

      You know, if some Russian company could produce those cards again, they might prove to be marketable abroad. Just an idea… Best regards.

  5. Alexey says:

    joker became russian normal word many time ago. In people mind it very far from english language. You should look better))) It`s written with latin letters)))

  6. kábelbúvár says:

    http://img.index.hu/imgfrm/3/9/8/6/THM_0005033986.jpg

    Ruszkik haza!! Orbán Viktor, Lévai Anikó és egy Mol-os gyalázza az oroszokat!

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  16. Rosalina says:

    Hey I would really like a set of these, but I realize that getting this set would be impossible, would anyone know of how I could get one that is similar? This is the perfect present, I love playing cards and I want to get my boyfriend, who I taught how to play cards, a set of mayan cards because that is in his heritage.

    • real_ratibor says:

      Rosalina
      It is impossible. The deck was published about 30 years ago.
      Author, do u have tyhe rest of deck scans?

  17. Gavin Perry says:

    Just goes to show you that there was something going on way back then that us humans do not know about and are not being told about.

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  23. salina says:

    hi oleg. I am searching for these russian mayan cards. do you know where I might find them? would be very greatful! thanks

  24. gustradamus says:

    The reason for Mayan motifs in Soviet Russian culture is a researcher named Tatiana Proskouriakoff, she actually decyphered part of the language from ruins and codices found in the Yucatan and Highland Guatemala. It also explains the possible reason for those 1200yr old statues in the Russian Building Yards!

  25. gustradamus says:

    sorry theres a part2

    the cards are really well detailed, the Russian artisans really captured the essence and energy of the Mayan art, HOWEVER, ONE inaccuracy exists, and that is that Native Americans from anywhere in America do NOT have Facial Hair, is genetic, they dont go bald either.

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  27. Wlad says:

    Hi very body.Who wants to have these deck write to me.I can help you to have it.
    Wladislav.

  28. gabi says:

    nice pictures you have here

  29. Ana says:

    These are pretty fabulous.

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