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Lady K’abal Xook conjuring a supernatural warrior


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Maya rulers summoned deities to oversee events such as their enthronement, the dedication of temples and monuments, and their military campaigns. The gods sanctioned the monarchs’ actions and conveyed their divine power to human affairs. Here, Lady K’abal Xook, the wife of Yaxchilan king Shield Jaguar III, conjures a deity at the time of her husband’s accession to the throne. A creature with the segmented body of a centipede and the triangular patterns of a snake rises above a bowl of ritual implements, including papers with drops of Lady K’abal Xook’s own blood. Likely performed to ensure the king’s success in warfare, the ritual calls forth a supernatural warrior armed with a shield and spear that springs from the creature’s maw.

Señora K’abal Xook conjurando a un guerrero sobrenatural
Dintel 25, Estructura 23, Yaxchilán, Chiapas, México
725 d. C.
Piedra caliza

Los gobernantes mayas invocaban a sus dioses para que atestiguaran acontecimientos como su ascenso al trono, la dedicación de templos y monumentos o el inicio de sus campañas militares. Los dioses avalaban la actuación de los monarcas e intervenían en los asuntos humanos con su poder divino. Aquí, la señora K’abal Xook, esposa del rey Escudo Jaguar III, conjura a una deidad durante la entronización de su marido. El ritual, probablemente celebrado para asegurar el triunfo del rey en la guerra, requiere que se invoque a un guerrero sobrenatural. Del cuenco, que contiene los objetos rituales, incluidos papeles con gotas de sangre de la señora K’abal Xook, surge una criatura armada con escudo y lanza, con el cuerpo segmentado de un ciempiés y diseños triangulares de serpiente.

Lady K’abal Xook conjuring a supernatural warrior, Limestone, Maya

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