Birth of A Mayan King

Within the beautifully carved walls of a Mayan royal residence, the future ruler, Radiant Snake Jaguar, was born in Palenque, Mexico, on September 18, 524 in the Western Calendar.  Palenque was a Maya city state in southern Mexico, with ruins that date from 226 BC to its fall in about 1123 AD.  Chan Bahlam, as he was known in the Mayan language, ascended the throne in September 524.  (Image from “Maya Royal Dynasties, revised by Inga E. Calvin, 2012)

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