The Blood of Kings: Dynasty and Ritual in Maya Art
An illustrated study of the Maya civilization, drawing from interpretations of the texts embedded in pictorial scenes or carved on stone tablets to provide the meaning of the art and architecture of the ancient culture.
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The events that occurred on that day are twofold: Chac-Xib-Chac enacted a "
house" event under the auspices of Pacal, and Pacal's twelve- year-old son, Kan-
Xul, celebrated an unknown rite. The glyphs recording Kan-Xul's action have not
The Evening Star, here personified as Chac-Xib-Chac,5 stands waist deep in the
black waters. Holding his ax in one hand, he gazes at the blood spurting from the
stump of his severed left hand. Although we do not know the meaning of this ...
The small vertical text positioned near the head of the shell-eared ax-wielder
names him as Chac-Xib-Chac, the name rhar is used for God B in the Dresden
Codex and documented in colonial sources. In Postclassic cosmology, there
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