The King of Palenque, Mexico 459

Butz’an Sak Chiik, the third king of the Mayan city state of Palenque, Mexico, was born on 12 Ahaw 13 Sak in the Mayan long count calendar, or November 14, 459 in the Western Calendar.  The panel in the image was carved in the 7th century to commemorate a dedication ritual performed by Chiik in 490. The king’s name translates as “Smoking White/Resplendent Coati (a coati is the South American relative of the North American raccoon). (Photo by Joel Skidmore, online publication, “The Rulers of Palenque: A Beginner’s Guide.”)

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