Lacandon (Jach-t’aan)

Lacandon is a member of the Yucatecan branch of the Mayan language family. It is spoken in the northeast of the state of Chiapas in southern Mexico. In 2015 there were about 600 speakers of Lacandon, out of a population of 1,000 Lacandon people.

Lacandon is also known as Lacandón or Lakantún, and the native name is Jach-t’aan [xatʃ tʼaːn] ("true language").

There are a number of ways to write Lacandon, including one devised by the Instituto Nacional de Lenguas Indígenas (National Indigenous Languages Institute / INALI).

Lacandon alphabet and pronunciation

Lacandon alphabet and pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Lacandon (Excel)

Sample text (Lord's Prayer)

Caj u yaꞌaraj Jesús:―A jeꞌ quin camsic techex. Cʌnex a tꞌʌnex Cꞌuj. Arex tiꞌ Cꞌuj: Ic Tet caꞌanan, ca waꞌariquex tiꞌ. Caꞌ u sʌjtejob a cꞌabaꞌ tu cotor mac, Cꞌuj. Sebquintej a tar Cꞌuj quir a reyintic Cꞌuj ich yocꞌocab ―quechex tiꞌ―. Caꞌ in quibob a tꞌʌn Cꞌuj teꞌ yocꞌocab an ten bic u quibicob a tar caꞌananoꞌ, a yʌjmasirob a tꞌʌn tech Cꞌuj ―quechex tiꞌ―. Chuquej tenob in woꞌoch waj, soc tiꞌtiꞌ tenob. Caꞌ a jawsej in siꞌpirob ―quechex tiꞌ Cꞌuj―, an ten bic caꞌ in jawsej u siꞌpirob in racꞌob. Taquej a tenob, tu cu tumtic in worob a quisinoꞌ ―quechex tiꞌ Cꞌuj―. A techoꞌ, Cꞌuj, cꞌuchaꞌan a wor a reyintic ich yocꞌocab. A techoꞌ, Cꞌuj, yʌn a mucꞌ quir a reyintic ich yocꞌocab. Caꞌ u quiꞌ cꞌujintiquech, Cꞌuj, tu cotor mac ich yocꞌocab. Caꞌ u cꞌujintiquech munt qꞌuin ―quechex tiꞌ.

Source: Christian Child - Multi-Lingual Bible Verse

Sample videos in and about Lacandon


Information about Lacandonón

Mayan languages

Achi, Akatek, Awakatek, Chontal Maya, Ch’ol, Chorti, Chuj, Huasteco, Itzaʼ, Ixil, Jakaltek, Kaqchikel, Ki'che', Lacandon, Mam, Mocho’, Mopan, Poqomam, Poqomchiʼ, Q’anjob’al, Q'eqchi', Sakapultek, Sipakapense, Tektitek, Tojolabal, Tzeltal, Tzotzil, Tz'utujil, Uspantek, Yucatec Maya

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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