The Soviet Mayan Playing Cards

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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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47 thoughts on “The Soviet Mayan Playing Cards”

  1. 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. “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.

    • 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.

  3. 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)))

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

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  18. Dear Sir or Madam,

    Good day!

    This is Pinky from Philip Cheng Printing Co., Ltd of China.

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    1. Products: Leaflet, Label and sticker, Packaging box, Catalog, Picture Album , Booklet, playing card, stamp etc.

    2. Printing Price: Only 40% of cost what you print in your country.

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  19. Dear Sir or Madam,

    Good day!

    This is Pinky from Philip Cheng Printing Co., Ltd of China.

    We are a leading manufacturer and exporter of printing services in China.

    Our products have good markets in Europe and North America.

    Please find the information as follow:

    1. Products: playing card, stamp,Label and sticker, Packaging box, Leaflet, Catalog, Picture Album , Booklet, etc.

    2. Printing Price: Only 40% of cost what you print in your country.

    3. Advantages: Perfect Quality, Competitive Prices, Good Services.

    4. Guarantee: If you were not satisfied with our products, we should refund you or reprint them.

    Any question? Welcome reply. It’s our great honor to work with you for our further cooperation.

    Yours Sincerely,
    Pinky

  20. 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.

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

  21. 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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  28. 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!

  29. 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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