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Butzaj Sak Chiik

bu-tz'a-ja-SAK-chi[ku], "Smoking White/Resplendent Coati?". Drawing, transcription and translation after Martin and Grube (2008).


Maya ruler of Palenque; also known as Manik. Reigned AD 487-501.

Born: 9.1.4.5.0 12 Ahaw 13 Sak (November 14, 459).

Acceded: 9.2.12.6.18 3 Etz'nab 11 Xul (July 28, 487).

Brother: Ahkal Mo' Nahb I?

A seventh-century sculptured panel recently discovered in Temple 17 and now in the Palenque site museum refers to a dedication ritual of some sort performed by Butz'aj Sak Chiik in AD 490 (Martin and Grube 2008:157). It involves the Palenque place name Lakamha' ("Big Water") and may refer to the founding of the royal seat in the central area around the Palace after previously having been in Toktahn (ibid.:157).

The foregoing is based on Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens by Simon Martin and Nikolai Grube (2008:157). Their sources include Arnoldo González Cruz (1994) for the Temple 17 Panel and David Stuart and Stephen Houston (1994) for Toktahn.


For a further discussion at Mesoweb see the chapter on Butzaj Sak Chiik in The Rulers of Palenque.