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Astrology Sun Dial

Location:

At the entrance of the harbor of the Mediterranean island of Rhodes in Greece.

Description:

In AD 654, the Arabs invaded Rhodes. They disassembled the remains of the broken Colossus and sold them to a Jew from Syria. It is said that the fragments had to be transported to Syria on the backs of 900 camels

Languages Of Central America

Covering North and Central America is the Uto-Aztecan Family with languages like Hopi, Papago and Comanche from the USA and the cave-dwelling people of the Copper Canyon in Mexico (Tamahumara).

The most important language in this family is Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs. The TL consonant is typical of the language. Nahuatl counts in fives and is a language of prefixes and suffixes.

Kwakiutl has two forms of the pronoun it. One for visible objects another for invisible objects.

Central Mexico is home to the Oto-Manguean Family which includes the languages Otomi, Mixtec and Zapotec. Chiquihuitlan Mazatec is a tonal language. The word CA can mean I talk, difficult, his hand or he talks depending on the value of one of four tones. This family's 150 languages are divided into 7 branches.

The Mayan Family of languages are spoken by the descendants of the Mayas in southern Mexico and Guatemala (Quiche, Mam, Tzotzil, Cakchiquel, Yucatec). There are about 30 languages divided into 8 branches. They date from around 800BC.

A smaller group in Central America is the Macro-Chibchan Family. This includes Miskito (Honduran and Nicaraguan Caribbean coast) and Cuna (Panama).

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